London scheme plans solar and efficiency measures for 55,000 homes

A scheme backed by London Mayor Boris Johnson plans to put solar panels and other efficiency measures in 50,000 homes by March 2012. The RE:NEW scheme has so far installed […]

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By Vicky Ellis

A scheme backed by London Mayor Boris Johnson plans to put solar panels and other efficiency measures in 50,000 homes by March 2012.

The RE:NEW scheme has so far installed solar panels in 1,500 housing association homes. Over 1700 houses in Lewisham, Waltham Forest, Newham and Barking and Dagenham have been treated with energy and water efficiency measures.

L&Q Housing Association, which put the panels in with British Gas, used the Government’s Feed In Tariff to get hold of funding for the scheme quickly.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson said: “Retrofitting London’s homes and buildings has a multiplicity of benefits for all of us. It makes sound economic sense by saving you money on your fuel bills, it reduces the pumping out of C02 and it creates much-needed jobs. I would urge Londoners to take advantage of this free service.”

RE:NEW is funded by the Mayor and all 32 London boroughs have signed as partners in the scheme, which is being delivered by London Councils and the Energy Saving Trust.