WCBC Wasting Money

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    Chris
    Chris
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    How much is it costing to re roof WCBC housing stock and REINSTALL solar panels.

    After the council spent all that money last year installing solar panels they are now going round reroofing them.

    A a private home owner I investigated the benefits on installing these panels and one the cost criteria was the condition of the roof, because of course if your roof was not sound it would be pointless to go ahead with the install without doing the repair first. I guess if it not your own money its not so important.

    #66483

    lazyjack
    Member

    That’s what annoys me when people come on here and defend WCBC. How can you defend such a ridiculous waste of money.

    If they cut out all the stupid wasting of money then the budget cut would take care of itself. WCBC can’t afford £13k to upgrade the parking meters to encourage town centre trade but can somehow find the money to re-roof houses that have had solar panels installed. It would be unbelievable if it wasn’t WCBC……

    #66486

    zinger
    Participant

    I do have to wonder how much money is saved when the scaffolding has to be erected twice. The solar panels fitted, removed & then refitted. Will the solar panels be up long enough for them to cover the costs of buying & then installing twice? I understand that neither the scaffolding or roofing companies are local to the area either.

    #66470

    wrexview
    Participant

    Are we talking about just one or two houses here or is it substantially more? Surely no Council would install solar panels on a home that was due for re roofing!

    #66487

    zinger
    Participant

    We are talking streets. Houses that are 65 years old. I believe that it because there was a grant or subsidy. The solar panels had to be fitted by a certain date to qualify.

    #66471

    wrexview
    Participant

    The Council borrowed money to fund the installation of the solar panels , so they were in total control of the project. It’s not even as if two different departments are involved. I wonder how much money could have been saved by just a little forward planning, enough to keep Plas Madoc and Waterworld open ?

    #66493

    michellecook
    Participant

    They did the same with a number of houses where they had scaffolding up to insulate and render the houses then a number of months later the scaffolding went back up to replace the roofs. Surely, the two jobs could have been combined.

    When we had our solar panels put up, it took them 6 months to come and flick the switch. Still doesn’t seem to make any difference to amount of electricity we are using.

    #66477

    The new roofs and solar panels will eventually pay for themselves over time and then make a profit for WCBC.

    #66472

    wrexview
    Participant

    It was reported that the Council borrowed £60 million to cover the cost of the solar panels and their installation on the basis that they would generate £1 million income per year for 25 years!

    #66488

    zinger
    Participant

    @wrexview 11534 wrote:

    It was reported that the Council borrowed £60 million to cover the cost of the solar panels and their installation on the basis that they would generate £1 million income per year for 25 years!

    That doesn’t seem to me to be a very good return on £60m. Doesn’t that mean that they would be down £35m plus interest? Not being a mathematician, am I reading it wrong?

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