Sentinel Housing Association

Sentinel Housing Association

Executive Summary

Helping organisations harness the power of renewable technologies is a speciality of Vital Energi and in the Hampshire-based Sentinal Housing Association development they installed £3 million of solar PV panels.

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    £3m contract value
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    12 week installation period
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    337 homes fitted with solar PV panels
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    50% of electricity needs met

Project Overview

Vital Energi has helped Sentinel Housing Association (SHA) to reduce the carbon footprint of its social housing, and cut resident’s fuel bills, by installing £3 million of solar photo voltaic (PV) panels to more than 300 of its homes in Hampshire.

As part of its RE:THINK upgrade campaign and climate change strategy, Sentinel Housing Association (SHA) is investing £5 million upgrading its homes with a range of green technology to reduce their environmental impact and cut residents energy bills.

Long term, SHA wants to cut CO2 emissions from its properties by 15 per cent and reduce fuel poverty among its residents.

Our Solution

SHA has identified solar energy as a key technology to help it achieve its energy and cost-saving targets. SHA expects the solar PV panels to generate overall savings of £45,000 in energy bills for customers and an average yearly saving of £150 off electricity bills per household.

SHA appointed Vital Energi to install solar PV panels to 300 of its homes in the Basingstoke and Deane and Hart District areas of Hampshire as a pilot scheme.

Vital Energi has been operating in the sustainable energy sector for more than 25 years but this was the first time it had installed solar PV panels as part of a large scale contract.  It won the contract because it met other more crucial contract criteria.

SHA needed a contractor that would continue its excellent track record for customer service to its tenants. Vital Energi’s experience of successfully and sensitively handling projects in occupied homes meant it was the ideal partner to handle a project which required effective tenant liaison to ensure tenants embraced the scheme and could be confident that their homes would be treated with respect.

Solution detail

Vital Energi's professional project management and excellent tenant liaison has led to the successful delivery of over 300 Solar PV installations to an extremely tight timescale. We are very happy with the quality of service and cooperation provided to the residents throughout the project. The scheme will not only deliver long term financial savings but will also help us to achieve our carbon reduction targets.

Carolyn Whistlecraft, SHA's Climate Change Officer

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