Crawley presses ahead with solar plans

Crawley Borough Council is set to start on installing solar PV arrays on the local authority’s Crawley Homes properties.

Up to 600 council tenants will see savings of around £100 per year on their energy bills thanks to the scheme, which will roll-out over the coming weeks.

The project is being delivered through Your Energy Sussex partnership who will rent the roof space from Crawley Borough Council.

Three separate contractors from around the Sussex area will carry out the work, which is set to be completed in January.

“I’m very pleased that we’re able to bring this project forward, which has the dual benefit of saving our tenants money while also having a positive environmental impact,” said Cabinet Member for Environment and Sustainability, Cllr Colin Lloyd.

And Cllr Stephen Joyce, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “This is great news on two levels and I’m really pleased we’re able to support our tenants in this way. There are around 2,000 suitable properties across the town but due to the Government’s proposals to cut funding for green projects early next year, we are only able to bring up to 600 forward. If the proposals change then we would investigate working on more homes.”

Not all Crawley Homes properties will be suitable for solar PV. Tenants who are in the most suitable properties will be contacted soon.

Jamie Hailstone is a freelance journalist and author, specializing in local government, transport and energy issues