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Solar panel project for Clare homes

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It is hoped homes in Clare will benefit from cheaper energy bills after they were fitted with solar panels.

Havebury Housing Partnership tenants in Clare have had solar photovoltaic (PV) panels fitted.

The affordable homes provider aims to install 1,000 solar PVs as part of a programme being delivered in partnership with community regeneration experts Saving Energy UK and project funders Macquarie Bank.

Some of the first panels were installed in Bailey Lane in Clare.

Residents David and Betty Prigg said they were delighted with the panels at their bungalow, in which they have lived for 14 years.

Mr Prigg said: “The thing that has impressed me most has been the service. The workers involved in the project have kept their heads down and been really quick. It’s impressive to see.”

His wife added: “The support, advice and information we have received from Havebury has been great. We have always been made aware of what was happening and when, and we have been given advice on how to make the most of the solar PV panels.”

David, 85, and Betty, 81, who have four children, ten grandchildren and two great- grandchildren, are now looking forward to a reduction in energy bills in coming months.

“The extra money will go towards our hobbies and jobs around the house, and we’ll also save money for our family”, said Mrs Prigg.

A further 200 installations have taken place since the first week of its programme. More than 369 homes have been surveyed for installation, with an estimated 1,000 homes to be installed with solar PV before the end of the year.

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