A new scheme run by City of York Council in partnership with Empower Community and Nationwide Solar will see 800 council-owned properties in York receive solar arrays.

The scheme will see tenants receive free solar installations to help slash electricity bills. The solar arrays will consist of Phono Solar modules, who’s HQ is based a matter of miles from the homes, to help tenants generate clean, green electricity. The domestic installations are currently being installed, with the project expected to be completed by the end of July.

Once the project has been completed, tenants lucky enough to receive a solar array will benefit from unlimited use of the free electricity generated. Research suggests that the solar installations could supply in the region of 40 percent of a household’s requirements, significantly slashing utility bills.  

Mariana Hall, Vice-President of Phono Solar Europe, said: “Not only does this scheme reduce these council homes’ collective carbon footprint and reduce tenants’ electricity bills, but it also demonstrates the viability of the PV solution to other councils. We hope that City of York Council’s decision to implement the PV solution sets a precedent which will be followed by councils across the UK.”

Councillor Tracey Simpson-Laing, City of York Council’s Cabinet member for Health, Housing and Adult Social Services said: “We believe it’s essential that as a responsible landlord we take every opportunity to enable our tenants to reduce their carbon footprint and their energy bills. This low-carbon source of sustainable energy will serve to keep tenants comfortable, healthier and better off.”