A pioneering agreement to help Stoke-on-Trent become the country’s first sustainable city will be signed at a landmark ceremony on Monday (27 September).
Stoke-on-Trent City Council will join with energy company E.ON in a scheme which will deliver millions of pounds of investment to the city to improve the energy efficiency of homes and use green power to drive down residents’ fuel bills and help combat climate change.
As a first stage, the agreement has already seen E.ON provide solar panels to the first 54 council properties in the city over the next few months – the first time any of the council’s 19,000-strong housing stock will be powered by such green energy.
To kick-start this programme the council has already begun a procurement process which will provide a way of fitting solar panels to all suitable council properties over the next few years.
It will also commit E.ON to being one partner in a scheme which will see 1,000 council and privately-owned houses in Northwood and Birches Head, and Middleport benefit from a range of measures, subject to individual property surveys. The measures include the installation of:
- External wall insulation
- New energy efficient boilers in place of old ones
- Solar panels
- Air source heat pumps
- A district heating system
Council leader Mohammed Pervez said:
“This is a hugely significant scheme for Stoke-on-Trent; nowhere else in the country has made such a strong commitment to using sustainable energies and empowering communities to reduce their carbon footprint.
“It’s about insulating our homes properly and moderating the way we use energy to cut out waste. And it’s also about generating the power we need, where we need it. And that’s exactly what we’re looking at here in Stoke.”
The solar panel pilot scheme will involve a total of 54 homes in Warren Road, Chell Heath. It is anticipated that the majority of the properties will be fitted with solar panels by Christmas
Samantha Bryson, who lives on Warren Road with husband Stephen and children Madison, 7, and Keegan, 5, are the first city council tenants to benefit from the solar panel scheme.
“We are really excited by the scheme, and friends and relatives have asked us to tell them how it all works. Like a lot of people, we tend to use a lot of energy in the home. For example, the children use games consoles and I like to watch soaps on the TV. We also like to leave the radio on for the dog when we are out. The solar panels will help us save money on our fuel bills and we are really looking forward to seeing them in action.”
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