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Clean energy and lower bills for Norwich tenants

June 7, 2011 5:30 PM

Norwich South MP Simon Wright has hailed a partnership between clean energy provider Carillion and Cotman Housing Association for delivering a programme that saves money for his constituents and cuts their carbon emissions.

The Clean Energy Programme, developed by Carillion Energy Services, offers free solar PV systems to social housing residents.

Mr Wright, who has recently been appointed to the Public Bill Committee to scrutinise the Government's Energy Bill, said the initiative illustrated how the public and private sector could work together to benefit local communities and deliver greater energy sustainability.

The Norwich South MP added:

"It is incredibly important that green living is affordable and available to all so they can live their lives in a more sustainable way. I therefore applaud this partnership between Carillion Energy Services and Cotman Housing Association, which I'm told is typically helping households to cut their energy bills by around a third and in some cases up to a half."

Mr Wright also met his constituent and Cotman resident Carol Hatt, who explained how easy it was to take part in the scheme.

She said:

"The whole process was very straight forward and simple to understand; there was nothing for us to do really. The guys from Carillion Energy Services were very quick and efficient and left no mess. I would recommend this programme to anyone."

The Clean Energy Programme utilizes the feed-in-tariff (FIT) to fit solar PV panels for social housing residents. From start to finish there is no cost to the resident or social landlord and full aftercare and maintenance are provided for 25 years.

Carillion Energy Services has now completed around 1,200 installs through the Clean Energy Programme and is working in partnership with seven social housing providers, and is in advanced negotiations with a number of others.

It has also announced a ground-breaking £300 million finance agreement with private equity partners to fund free installs for a further 35,000 social housing properties.

The business model works by providing Carillion Energy Services and its investment partners with a 25-year income through the Feed in Tarrif (FIT).