3500th Solar install in Exeter

Generation nation: E.ON celebrates 3,500th solar photovoltaic installation

""E.ON, one of the UK’s leading energy companies is celebrating fitting solar panels to its 3,500th customer, installing more than 6 MW of renewable energy technology to thousands of homes throughout the country.

The 3,500th solar PV installation took place this week in Exeter the latest project which has seen E.ON working with councils, local authorities and housing associations to reduce energy costs and achieve ambitious UK carbon reduction targets.

To date, E.ON has completed installations in Nottingham, Stoke, Exeter, Bideford, Northampton, Worksop, Dudley and Newcastle with several projects still ongoing (see below for a summary of key projects).

In most cases, E.ON has funded the upfront investment for installation of the solar panels, with the costs covered through the Government’s Feed-in Tariff scheme which rewards investment in renewable energy. In return, tenants benefit from savings on their bills from the free electricity generated.

Thomas Buss, Head of Microgeneration at E.ON’s Sustainable Energy business, said: “There’s no doubt we’ve seen a reduction in solar installations since we learned the FiT rate was to be cut on 31st March, but we’re pleased to say that many of our partners continue to invest in what is a vital technology that can have real benefits in terms of cost and carbon savings.

“Solar PV provides a strong rate of return for organisations and residents alike, with reduced energy costs and sound green credentials.

“Putting people in control of their energy – helping them to insulate their homes, moderate their use or perhaps generate their own power – is what we call being energy fit and these projects are great examples. I’m delighted that we’re seeing results not only for customers but also for local authorities that are leading the charge in sustainability projects.”

Resident case study: North Tyneside
Susan Walker from Ancaster Avenue, Benton, was the 1,000th resident in the city to benefit from solar panels install as part of the roll out of a scheme between E.ON and the city council.

Susan said: “When I found out I was getting the solar panels I was delighted. People need to start thinking about helping the environment, and using this form of energy obviously does that.

“It’s also great to be able to save some money. I’m not sure what I will spend the savings on yet, but it is just nice to have it.

“I personally think solar panels are the way forward. Everything changes and this change is definitely for the better.”

Round-up: key solar projects

• E.ON worked with Nottingham City Council to deliver one of the single largest domestic schemes in the UK, installing panels to 600 homes in Aspley and further cementing Nottingham’s reputation as one of the UK’s most energy self-sufficient cities.

The project delivered significant energy savings for the residents, estimated to total up to £72,000 per year and was also responsible for bringing valuable green skills training and work experience opportunities to job seekers.
• Families in solar-powered Stoke-on-Trent homes have generated more than 112,000kWh of electricity and free electricity – enough to make the equivalent of more than 4.3 million cups of tea2 and avoiding an average of 581kg of carbon dioxide each – since the start of the solar project between E.ON and the city council. The savings have been made by 568 families in Chell Heath taking part in the scheme to install solar panels on council roofs.

• As part of its low carbon partnership in Exeter and East Devon, E.ON has been working with Exeter City Council’s Housing Services to fit 250 solar panels to homes in the city.

• As part of a £4.7m energy efficiency upgrade 788 homes in the Saffron and Braunstone areas of Leicester, E.ON worked with Leicester City Council on a £4.7m scheme to fit solar panels to 452 homes which had already benefited from the installation of new insulation and heating systems.
The project was predicted to save residents a third off their electricity bills1.

• E.ON is working with North Tyneside Council to deliver solar energy to 1450 homes and 100 public buildings, causing the borough’s carbon footprint to fall by more than 75,000 tonnes over the project’s lifetime, and cutting tenants’ fuel bills by up to £120 a year1 - worth a combined £3 Million over the next 25 years.

Meanwhile, the council receives revenue over the course of the project for effectively renting out the roof space. It is using this money to set up a Green Fund which will be targeted towards energy efficiency measures for those tenants who don’t directly benefit.

• Northampton City Council is working with E.ON to improve the energy efficiency of over 2500 council homes in some of the more deprived areas of town and help private householders save energy and money. Householders qualifying for the scheme could reduce their energy bills each year through a series of energy saving measures that could include cavity wall insulation, loft insulation, new boilers and 100 solar panel installations.

• As part of a energy efficiency scheme in Dudley up to 200 council homes will receive free solar panels which will also benefit from the new insulation and heat systems.

• 900 homes in Worksop will be upgraded with a mixture of energy savings additions such as double glazing, new gas boilers, new central heating systems, external wall insulation and solar panels. This is part of a £3.8 million scheme with E.ON and A1 Housing which will make improvements to homes in areas where there are low incomes and high energy costs.


Notes for editors:

• E.ON is one of the UK’s leading power and gas companies – generating electricity, and retailing power and gas – and is part of the E.ON group, one of the world's largest investor-owned power and gas companies. We employ around 12,000 people in the UK and more than 85,000 worldwide;
• E.ON’s Energy Solutions business supplies power and gas to over 5 million domestic, small and medium-sized enterprise and industrial customers across the country. With customers at its heart, Energy Solutions also offers innovative energy services and technologies tailored to meet its customers’ needs. The business is designed to help customers become energy fit by encouraging them to insulate their homes, moderate their energy usage and even to generate their own power through microgeneration systems such as ground source heat pumps and solar panels for both homes and businesses;
• E.ON launched its Sustainable Energy business in 2007, providing low carbon energy solutions to businesses;
• E.ON is an MCS approved installer and one of only two energy providers accredited under the Government’s Low Carbon Building Programme Phase 2 which aims to reduce carbon emissions from buildings in the public and charity sector;
For information on E.ON’s Sustainable Energy business visit

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