Solar panels for homes

Around 1,200 council homes are to be fitted with solar panels over the next three years says Aberdeenshire Council.
Around 1,200 council homes are to be fitted with solar panels over the next three years says Aberdeenshire Council.

Council houses across Aberdeenshire are to receive an energy efficiency boost with the installation of solar panels.

Councillors on the Policy & Resources Committee have agreed to issue a tender for works to install the panels on 1,200 council houses.

The works will be a step towards the delivery of Scotland’s Sustainable Housing Strategy which sets out a vision for warm, high quality, affordable, low carbon homes across the Shire.

The investment is expected to improve the quality of council houses across Aberdeenshire, in line with the Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing (EESSH) with tenants benefitting from reduced energy costs.

The programme will see solar panels installed on 1,200 council houses over the next three years.

Chair of Policy & Resources Committee, Cllr Martin Kitts-Hayes, welcomed the initiative.

He said: “This is a huge clear demonstration of our commitment to creating energy efficient homes that are cheaper to run for our tenants and contribute to cutting greenhouse gas emissions and reducing fuel poverty.”

Committee vice-chair Cllr Richard Thomson added: “We have an on-going programme of investment in our council houses.

“This latest initiative is a welcome boost to cut costs for our tenants andcontribute to meeting energy efficiency standards.”

The tender for the works will be advertised shortly.

The committee will be asked to award the contract for the works in the Spring.