Residents at The Rose Garden Extracare village in Hereford will share the benefits of a new solar array installed on the building’s roof.

Festival Housing, owners of The Rose Garden, invested in the 80kWp array as part of an on-going partnership with Kidderminster-based solar installer, Eco2Solar, which has already seen the pair complete 180 solar PV installations on 180 properties across Worcestershire and Herefordshire.   

The 80kWp system comprises 145 Sunpower modules and is predicted to produce more than 67,042kWh every year. All the electricity will be used on site, in an effort to reduce the residents’ annual service charge. The group estimates that the solar array will slash around £80 a year off residents’ energy bills. Not only will the solar installation help reduce The Rose Garden’s costs it will also prevent around 33.5 tonnes of CO2 from being emitted into the atmosphere every year.

Commenting on the array, Simon Williams, Maintenance Manager at Festival Housing, said: “Festival’s residents will benefit hugely from these new solar panels as they will see a significant reduction in their energy bills through their service charge.

“We already regularly install solar panels on our domestic properties but this has been Festival’s biggest solar panel project so far. Over the lifetime of the panels, the system will pay for itself accounting for both the feed-in tariff income and the savings created from the electricity generation.”

Paul Hutchens, Managing Director of Eco2Solar added: “It’s fantastic to see residents at The Rose Garden benefit from Festival’s investment in solar PV especially at a time when energy prices are getting significantly higher.”