Energy services firm Eaga says it plans to install 35,000 solar PV units on social housing by April 2012 after securing £300m from banks.
Eaga will offer landlords the panels free, but it, and the banks, will keep the income from feed-in tariffs (FITs) while tenants will benefit from some free electricity.
It has signed agreements with seven social housing providers including the London Borough of Ealing.
The panels will have a total capacity of 100 megawatts (MW), but for the purposes of FITs they will count as individual, domestic units.
A group of solar developers has applied for judicial review of DECC’s plans to slash FITs for solar projects above 50 kilowatts peak capacity.
The department proposed the changes in March saying too many large solar schemes were coming forward (ENDS Report 434, p 8). The developers say DECC’s reasoning is unsound.
The biggest name involved is German firm Juwi Renewable Energie, which in April opened Europe’s largest rooftop solar plant, a 7.4MW peak capacity unit on a warehouse in Germany.