UK council installs 1,500th solar kit

A UK council has put its 1,500th solar panel installation into place. Stirling Council installed the milestone unit on the roof of a new build bungalow, which is also one […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

A UK council has put its 1,500th solar panel installation into place.

Stirling Council installed the milestone unit on the roof of a new build bungalow, which is also one of 50 properties to pilot a new battery storage system to maximise the energy efficiency benefits of solar.

It comes as part of continued efforts to reduce fuel poverty, improve energy efficiency ratings and reduce the overall carbon footprint of the local authority’s housing stock.

The 1,500 installations made to date are expected to result in an estimated annual saving of just under £300 for each household’s electricity bills.

Stirling Council has invested more than £8 million in upgrading its housing stock with solar panels and has committed to invest a further £4.25 million over the next two years on upgrading 1,200 properties.

This investment will be complemented by central heating upgrades and window replacement programmes as part of the Housing Capital Investment Programme.

Housing Portfolio Holder, Councillor Violet Weir said: “Combined with the battery storage system, our tenants are benefitting from the latest technology to reduce their energy costs.

“The savings will actually increase each year as the cost of electricity is expected to continue to rise so, this really is an investment that will continue to benefit our tenants for years to come.”

Stirling Council is also expected to save £31 million by installing energy efficient lighting.