East of England Housing Association

Published on 7th April 2019
East Housing Association
  • Division: Renewables
  • Client: East of England Housing Association
  • Location: East of England
  • Sector: Residential

The feed in tariff for PV systems was a huge opportunity for Resident Social Landlord’s. It provides multiple benefits for the association – the ability to strengthen their balance sheet through fixed returns on offer from the feed in tariff whilst at the same time reducing their tenant’s exposure to fuel poverty.

With our sub-contracted partners we were able to connect up 369 properties by the government deadline. This was done by carrying out the project to exacting deadlines and following the robust programme that was put together by our contract management team to ensure all the necessary deadlines were hit and the project was delivered on time and on budget.

Due to the rural nature of the project we decided to open a ‘satellite office’ which became the material storage base and organisation hub of the project to ease supply chain issues and help overall ‘local’ management.
Our key tasks were:-

  •  PV Feasibility
  •  Planning
  •  Tenant Liaison
  •  Installation
  •  MCS registration.

Generally the installation cycle was:
Day 1 – Scaffold up
Day 2 – Roof and electrical install
Day 3 – Scaffold down

As expected the Health and Safety aspects of the project like this were significant, particularly during school holidays. But as you would also expect belonging to a group we were able to call upon our own internal expert help. At points in the project we were installing significant volume of properties/day with no reportable accidents.

Despite the government’s consultation document, which cut short the number of installs, overall the project was very successful and we had some encouraging letters from tenants and conversations with housing association board members not only relating to the standard that the project was completed to but also how Avonside Renewables delivered the project in relation to the residents.