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Solar Power Awareness Scheme in Hexham

Published on:
22 March 2024

Working with Northumberland County Council in order to improve energy efficiency of local authority housing, a part of the local authority delivery (LAD) scheme, which seeks to improve low-income and low-energy performance households’ energy efficiency with an emphasis on those with the low energy performance certificate (EPC) ratings of E, F, or G. Funding was given to Local Net Zero Hubs during Phase 2.

Aims

The overall aim of the scheme is to help low-income and low-energy performance households and to help reduce fuel poverty and to gradually phase out fossil fuel heating that releases carbon emissions and is bad for the environment. Some of these energy efficient installations include; underfloor insulation, loft insulation, cavity wall insulation, smart heating controls and, of course, solar power.

Enabling even low-income households to be cost effective and environmentally effective with their energy choices. Installations are also quick and effective, so households can enjoy the energy of solar panels quicker and be able to reduce the amount of money spent on carbon emissions and their overall carbon footprint altogether to make sure the goal of achieving net-zero by 2050 is reached in time or even sooner.

The Strategy

The project has spanned over 10 weeks in Hexham where North East Solar has worked closely with the community and has been able to cover 4 sites and 42 houses in total with a 4 panel PV system, 8 panel PV with 3 kw battery systems. Across all sites that’s a total of 126 kwh for the total system with a combined annual generation of around 101,000kwh per annum! Being immensely successful for the aim of making solar power more accessible and to make a difference in these communities as well as to improve the energy efficiency of low-income households.

Phase 2 of the LAD Scheme has distributed £300 million to the five Local Net Zero Hubs, which serves as regional centres of energy-related expertise and collaboration. Instead of local governments directly competing for money from BEIS, a portion of £300 million has been allocated to Local Net Zero Hubs.

By the end of June 2022, the five Local Net Zero Hubs will have upgraded the energy efficiency of low-income houses throughout England in collaboration with the local authorities in their respective regions.

Company director of North East Solar, Andrew Clough, said, “We’re glad the project’s been a huge success, a lot of work has gone into delivering a project in such a small amount of time.” Showing the dedication of the company to helping low-income and low-energy households and helping to spread the usage of solar power in the UK.

Future Hopes

North East Solar, also wishes to collaborate with more local authorities and corporations in the North East in the future to help make the transition to renewable energy and achieve net zero in 2050 quicker, efficiently and more cost effectively helping those who otherwise may not be able to get them! Along with the dedication of the government to achieve net-zero, there are still lengths that can still be went to to ensure that net-zero is reached within the next 26 years or less!

There is still a long way to go for solar power being more readily available, however, every step taken matters and helps not only the community but the environment as the government is now taking more serious precautions to making the country a more environmentally friendly place meaning the work North East Solar does is now more important than ever in making solar power being more widely used and recognised across the North East and the rest of the UK.