20 Sep '13, 8am

Social housing owners find it worthwhile to install solar PV again - 800 roofs to get modules

Work will begin this month on the 2.5 MW, £4.3 million (€5.2 million) project, which will be completed within two years, said James Cass, business development and sales manager at Dulas . Custom-made Hyundai solar panels will be used, he said. According to social housing news site Inside Housing , many UK housing associations abandoned plans to install solar PV on their tenants’ roofs after the feed-in tariff (FiT) was cut from 43.3 p/kWh to 21 p in late 2011, believing solar was no longer a viable option. With the FiT cut, housing associations faced losses of up to 22.3 p/kWh. But the dramatic global fall in PV system costs since then – a drop of more than 50 percent – has enabled companies such as First Wessex to make a new business case for solar. “We were aware that [solar] prices had dropped, and we had long wanted to do something with PV,” said Paul Ciniglio, First W...

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