Go ahead for pioneering Shropshire home energy scheme

A £1m project to reduce carbon emissions and tackle fuel poverty in Shropshire has been given the go ahead.

The Wrekin Housing Group was recently awarded funding for the scheme via the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership.

The Government-backed scheme, which could prove to be a blueprint for renewable energy schemes across the country, will see Telford-based AceOn Group working in partnership with The Wrekin Housing Group and BEW Electrical Wholesalers to install green energy systems into existing and new build homes. 

In total, 68 homes will be retrofitted with battery storage and solar panels and a further 11 brand new energy-efficient homes will be constructed.

Overall, the project will deliver 87 jobs in the next year, a 1,678,750kWh reduction in energy consumption off the grid and a 720 tonne reduction in carbon dioxide over a ten-year period. It will also deliver reduced energy bills for customers, ease fuel poverty, and reduce the strain on local power networks and other energy infrastructure.  

AceOn Energy is the full energy storage provider for the showcase scheme, supplying solar panels, inverters and 7kWh batteries to allow the homes to capture solar energy and then store it in the most efficient and environmentally-friendly way for later use.

AceOn Energy managing director Richard Partington (pictured), said:“This is a key project for us to be involved in and underlines the cutting edge work we are doing to deliver new energy storage systems which can play a leading role in fighting climate change for the next 20 years and more.

“We have developed a truly innovative Virtual Power Plant which provides an energy storage system which can be both retrofitted to existing homes and installed in new developments and is small enough to fit in a cupboard under stairs. It has huge potential to help housing associations, local authorities and developers across the country meet new climate change and carbon emission targets, reduce their tenants’ electricity bills and provide a new income stream for these organisations to support their investment in Renewables.

“It is hugely exciting and we are delighted to be working with our partners on such a pioneering and important scheme which will showcase these technologies to a national audience.”

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