Trust Looking For Contractor For £23m Solar Panel Retrofit

Social housing body, the Peabody Trust, is planning an ambitious programme to fit solar panels to its London housing stock.

The move by Peabody is one of the most ambitious retrofit schemes to be undertaken by a social housing provider in this country and is driven by its aim to become a carbon-neutral business by 2020.

It has earmarked £23m to spend on fitting photovoltaic panels to existing housing blocks and is now on the hunt for a contractor to carry out the work.

The firm is seeking a single contractor to carry out the programme and has given interested firms until 21 January to obtain further details on the plan.

It is envisaged that the installation programme will run for approximately 18 months, but Peabody aims to have the substantial part of the job completed by April next year.

During the last 12 months, the market for fitting PV panels has taken off as supermarkets and social housing providers seek to improve their energy performance. Much of the work has been confined to new build projects, rather than retrofitting existing buildings.

Enquiries to Nic Wedlake, Environmental Sustainability Manager of The Peabody Trust.