Tower blocks go green with power-saving panels

This is an archived news story from September 2010

(L-R) Martin Holden (Forrest contractors), Paul Brodie (Vertical Villages) and Sean Doyle (Salix Homes) with the new technology.

Energy-saving panels have been installed at blocks of flats in Salford to help reduce the city's carbon footprint.

The hi-tech equipment has been fitted to the roofs of three tower blocks in the city - Blackfriars, Whitefriars and Greyfriars.

Power generated through the panels will feed renewable energy into the buildings which will be converted into electricity to help run lifts and light the flats.

The panels rely on daylight to generate power making it a greener way to produce electricity and, unlike solar panels, they do not need direct sunlight to work.

The technology has been brought in by the city council and Salix Homes which manages the tower blocks.

It has been funded by council money and a grant from the government's low carbon building fund.

The panels are expected to offset around 22,000 kg (22 tonnes) of carbon per year helping to reduce the country's greenhouse gas emissions.

Salix Homes has worked with the residents' association in the area, Vertical Villages to develop the idea brought to the council by the group.

Councillor Peter Connor, Salford City Council's lead member for housing said: "We're always looking at ways we can reduce our carbon footprint and this new technology does just that.

"Working with Salix Homes we've been able to develop residents' feedback into this new energy saving project and I'm pleased that our partnership is making things happen for local people."

Over the next year, Salix Homes will be assessing the energy savings from the technology.

Joe Willis Salix Homes' director of services in neighbourhoods said: "Now the panels are up and running we will be monitoring the energy that they generate to look any benefits that can be passed on to tenants.

"We'll be working with the council to do this and are delighted that we've been able to play our part in improving services for the the people living in the flats."

Paul Brodie of Vertical Villages added: "Everyone is really pleased with the installation of the panels on the three tower blocks in Blackfriars, Salford.

"It's been a big learning curve for Vertical Villages members, as it's the first  time that we have been involved with a project from inception to delivery."

Notes for editors

Salix Homes Ltd is helping to deliver Salford City Council's five-year strategy to bring all council housing up to the Decent Homes Standard, a multi-million pound vision for the city.

Salix Homes is an Arms Length Management Organisation (ALMO) and is a not-for-profit company responsible for the day-to-day management of 10,600 homes across Central Salford, Rainsough Brow and Beechfarm.

It also assists the council in the operational delivery of the Housing Market Renewal Programme. For more information on Salix Homes, please contact Public Relations Officer, Katy Barnes on 0161 793 3157.

Date published
Monday 20 September 2010
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