Spanish solar cell and module manufacturer, Solaria Energía y Medio Ambiente, has signed a strategic agreement for the supply of more than 500 solar rooftops in Northumbria. All of the council house and public sector building installations, which will start at less than 2kW and reach up to 10kW, will be completely grid connected within the next months.

The news comes as many UK councils begin to take advantage of Government’s feed-in tariff scheme, which pays out per kilowatt hour of renewable energy produced. The aim of the Northumberland project is to utilise solar power for council tenants, school staff and pupils, and users of community buildings in order to reduce carbon emissions as well as rising energy costs.

Any excess energy will be sold to the National Grid.

This agreement is part of the Solaria’s global expansion strategy, as the company views the UK as one of its strategic core growth markets. The booming residential sector in the country provides the ideal platform for Solaria’s Photovoltaic Kit solution.

David Carrasco, Solaria’s Commercial Director said, “Our entry in the UK market reflects its strategic commitment to continue company’s sales growth as a consequence of a firm internationalisation process with good expectations to the future. This is our first step into this market, where we are able to offer an efficient energy solution for distributed generation markets.”