The almshouses – update

panels on almshouses

So the solar panels were actually installed on the roof of the almshouses in December 2015. Look pretty nifty, eh? But even better, in the new year an additional piece of kit was fitted which enables the energy produced by the panels to be used by neighbours, when the primary user is not using it. Having now been in place for some months, the data shows that this innovative piece of technology is enabling around 40% of the electricity generated to be used by those neighbours – a significant amount. Since the energy generated by the panels is free of charge, that is 40% that would otherwise have been fed into the grid and not been used to save the residents paying around 14p per unit for electricity from their supplier. All very satisfactory, and we hope the residents can see the benefit in their bills and/or comfort of their homes.