Solar panel systems are currently being fitted on many council houses across the country. In the case of new build properties, councils have begun to install the panels directly, in some instances, replacing conventional roofing such as tiles and slates.
Additionally, existing tenants in many areas have been given the chance to put their name down for an installation of solar panels – reason being that more local councils than ever are ‘keen to go green’ and help the government meet their carbon emissions targets.
Will all Council Houses Get Solar Panels?
Most new build council houses will be fitted with the panels – but not all. It very much depends where these properties are and how much funding is available. The number of new build properties with panels attached will therefore differ according to both area and location.
As some councils are offering solar panels to existing properties, tenants will be contacted if a scheme is available. Usually they will be allocated on a first come first served basis and installation will depend on whether the roof space is suitable.
If you are wondering how councils have been able to afford to do this, then this is largely due to the government’s Feed in Tariff scheme. Usually a home owner who purchases a solar PV system will benefit from reduced energy costs and payments from the FIT. In the case of council properties, the tenant will still save on electricity but the Feed in Tariff will go back to the company that paid for the installation, i.e. the council themselves.
Suitable sites for solar panels are usually on strong roof structures where the panels can be installed facing south to south-east and with a good means of access. This means that even though you apply or agree to panels for you council house, you may not be able to receive them (even when other homes on your street manage to get them installed). An initial assessment by the installer of the panels is needed to determine this.
How Will This Affect You?
The council will be responsible for arranging the fitting and installation of the solar panels. This should be organised with as little disruption to you as possible. It is easy to fit a small domestic solar installation in three hours. You can be present or absent – it is up to you. However, you will need to grant access to your property and you will have to clear any pathways that provide access to your property. Clearing out any loft space is also essential. But this is all you should have to do. Once the panels are up and running, you will slash your carbon footprint and cut your energy bills considerably.