Over 100 tenants in a Clydebank housing scheme have received solar panels as part of an initiative run by Knowes Housing Association.

The solar scheme will see 105 social housing tenants, most of which are OAP’s, receive free solar PV energy for their homes in an attempt to lift tenants out of fuel poverty.

Glasgow-based Edison Energy carried out the installation that is expected to slash up to £120 a year off residents’ electricity bills. The initiative in Faifley comes on the back a similar project completed before last Christmas for 117 properties in the same area.

Pierre De Fence, Director of Knowes Housing Association, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Edison Energy to reduce the impact of fuel poverty for our tenants. Now we hope we can significantly reduce their fuel bills for the next 25 years.”

Pat Eadie, a tenant for 12 years, has had panels placed on her roof, and she said: “I’m very excited by this and looking forward to seeing my electricity bills cut.”

Kevin McLelland, Commercial Manager of Edison Energy, said: “We believe we are the only company to complete two such projects in Scotland.

“In both projects we’ve taken on young people from the local area, trained them and contributed to the local economy whilst promoting green energy, tackling fuel poverty and carbon emissions.”