NOTE: This content is old - Published: Saturday, Aug 11th, 2012.
Sharp Solar has successfully completed the first installations of its solar PV-Kits on social housing in Wrexham.
The project, costing in the region of £15m, is part of Wrexham County Borough Council’s wider environment strategy and has seen them become the the top authority in Wales for reducing carbon emissions and placed in the top 10% of councils in the UK.
Almost 3,000 properties in Wrexham have now had solar panels fitted and in excess of 150 individual flats.
This equates to a total of almost 5MW installed capacity which will lead to nearly 3,000 tonnes of CO2 saved per year across the borough.
The installations are expected to save residents between £75-£250 per year on electricity bills.
Andrew Lee, General Manager – Solar UK, at Sharp Solar said: “The completion of this project is hugely important for both Wrexham County Borough Council and Sharp Solar. The council can help social housing tenants tangibly save costs on electricity bills while also demonstrating that it is a leader in sustainability.
“The project also represents the first major installation of Sharp’s new PV-Kit product, a landmark solar solution that comes as a complete kit system. We’re delighted that the first project of this kind was accomplished in Wrexham, the home of our European factory and we look forward to many more projects like this being completed across the UK.”
Cllr Neil Rogers, Leader of Wrexham Council said: “Solar is playing a vital role in turning Wrexham into a sustainable borough. We wanted to use high-end technology that we can rely on, as well as supporting local business, and were therefore delighted that Sharp Solar, based in Wrexham, were able to provide us with such an excellent product.
“It is already bringing benefits to our housing tenants and helping us meet our targets to reduce carbon emissions and energy use and help tackle fuel poverty.”