THERE could be a brighter future for Stafford and Rural Homes as it installs solar panels at its Beaconside offices.
The 230 high-specification photovoltaic (PV) panels will generate over 47,000 kwh of electricity a year, cutting the housing association’s £36,000 per year energy bill by 12 per cent a year.
Most of the electricity generated will be drawn into a converter and used in the day-to-day running of SARH’s offices.
The remainder, generated at weekends when only selected parts of the building are in use, will be exported to the National Grid and offset against bills.
As part of SARH’s Going for Green programme, 268 of its bungalows were fitted with PV panels last year at a cost of £900,000.
Customers living in those homes have saved an average of around £120 per year as a result.