Cross Keys Homes installs over one thousand solar systems
Published by Katie for Cross Keys Homes in Housing and also in Communities, Environment
Zoey outside her home with her solar panels
Peterborough’s largest housing association has successfully installed over one thousand two hundred and fifty solar systems in just under six months following the announcement of a free solar scheme for its residents back in December 2013.
In just a few months, Cross Keys Homes has already fitted over one thousand two hundred and fifty solar systems to suitable homes, helping their tenants across Peterborough save up to £500* annually on electricity costs per home.
The scheme which has been funded by Macquarie Lending with solar panels installed by Strategic Team Group has enabled Cross Keys Homes’ tenants to have these systems fitted and maintained completely free of charge.
Zoey Horne from Bluebell Avenue in Dogsthorpe was one of the first Cross Keys Homes’ tenants to receive a free solar system and see her bills reduce dramatically.
In the three months only that Zoey has had the system installed she has already seen her electricity bill reduce by approximately £35 each month. Zoey said: “I am so thankful to Cross Keys Homes. This system has not only enabled me to save massive amounts of money on my energy bills but is environmentally friendly too which is something I am passionate about supporting.
“Thanks to the money I am saving I am now able to pay for ballet lessons for my youngest daughter and as these last few years have been difficult with all the combined cost-of-living increases; anything that I can save is a huge benefit to me and my family.”
As many as 20 homes are benefitting daily from having these new solar systems installed thanks to the speed and efficiency of the project.
Chairman of Cross Keys Homes, Dr Angus Kennedy, said: “We are determined to do all that we can to alleviate the hardship many of our residents are facing as well as lead the way in the housing sector using new greener living initiatives.
“This solar scheme proves how many residents, just like Zoey, are fighting back against fuel poverty and how many more will be able to benefit in the very near future thanks to this successful ongoing scheme. I am very proud that Cross Keys Homes has been so successful in delivering the scheme so far by being able to help so many people with their electricity costs and congratulate all those involved.”
Deputy Chief Executive, Claire Higgins, added: “With news released recently from the National Housing Federation that over twenty five per cent** of people in this part of the country have had to cut back on their heating; it’s great that this scheme is already showing that we can reduce the electricity costs for our residents so that they don’t have to make difficult choices to go without the necessary essentials of day-to-day life.”
Claire added: “We will continue to invest in future proofing our homes with this type of initiative amongst others to help our residents achieve a better quality of life by enabling them to worry less about the cost of running their homes which can often be a very large proportion of their regular household expenses.”
Initially, over 2,600 homes were identified as suitable homes for the first phase of the project, with matching criteria for approved roofs, and it is anticipated that tenants collectively once all solar systems have been fitted will be able to save in the region of £1,300,000 per year.
Cross Keys Homes’ solar scheme project will continue throughout 2014 with even more homes being included in the scheme.