Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Solar Savings Not Sky High Prices. Warm Up North Branches out into Renewables Market

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Solar Savings Not Sky High Prices. Warm Up North Branches out into Renewables Market

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Byline: Kelley Price Business Reporter kelley.price@trinitymirror.com

WARM Up North is offering renewables as part of its energy efficiency portfolio for the first time.

The scheme, which is one of the UK's largest energy efficiency initiatives, is running until 2018 to offer residents the best advice on saving energy and money.

It aims to combat fuel poverty, improve North-east homes and uses local companies, employing North-east people either directly or as part of the supply chain.

Solar panels have been introduced as part of its raft of measures - which up to now have mainly included solid wall, cavity and loft insulation and gas and oil central heating systems.

The move means home owners in Redcar and Cleveland, Darlington and Hartlepool could now earn money while saving energy - and savings are estimated to be as much as PS880 a year.

As part of Warm Up North's solar provisions, its energy experts will recommend a system tailored to customer requirements and budget, with prices starting at under PS4,500 for a 1.5kwp system, following a home survey.

Under the Government's "feed-in tariff" initiative, home owners are paid for each unit of electricity generated from their solar panels and any unused electricity is sold back to the national grid. Home owners can also make savings on their monthly bills as they will not need to buy as much electricity from their energy provider.

Ian Weatherston, head of Warm Up North, said: "We're delighted to be introducing solar PV panels which will help people in the North-east to benefit from more energy efficient homes, with a system which best suits their energy requirements.

"Solar PV is a great way to save money and also generate some additional income for your home.

"Installing solar brings a number of benefits, which includes a regular payment for every unit of energy generated whether you use it or not, a payment for all the excess electricity you do not use and the additional savings made on energy bills. …

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