In 2010 Warrington Borough Council began a social housing PV programme aimed at tackling fuel poverty. Since then the scheme has delivered 3.595MWp of solar PV across 3,001 social homes and 3 sheltered housing schemes . Confident in the technology WBC decided in 2014 to look into the potential of larger PV arrays. During 2015 222kWp of PV has been installed on schools, a crematorium, offices and the local Rugby Stadium and an OJEU compliant framework for large scale installations has been set up. The first two large commercial projects totalling 1.5MWp are now being developed with installation anticipated in the first half of 2016. The non-domestic
projects are anticipated to return over £2.3m to the council over the next 20 years and save over 13,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions.
Here’s the low down on what Warrington Borough Council achieved, how they did it and their key pieces of advice for organisations embarking on similar projects.