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A HOUSING association is installing solar panels on the roofs of 150 homes across the capital in a £1m renewable energy project.

Cadwyn housing association hopes the project will help their tenants save money on its energy bills as well as helping protect the environment.

The association started the installation scheme in September and intends to roll it out across more of their properties in future.

Cadwyn tenant Amanda Lewis lives in Gabalfa with her 13-year-old son, who has had a tracheostomy which affects his breathing.

She said her energy bills were very expensive because of the cost of running her son’s medical equipment and was pleased the new solar panels would help reduce costs.

Ms Lewis said: “I have always found my energy bills to be really high.

“This is because of my son’s illness, which means he has to use a lot of medical equipment, including a hospital bed and a suction unit.

“In the past I’ve contacted my energy supplier to see if they could reduce my bills but they’ve been unable to help me.

“I am really grateful to Cadwyn for fitting solar panels to my home, which will allow me to save money on my electricity and concentrate on caring for my son.”

Andrew Bateson, Cadwyn’s director of technical services, said: “Most of our tenants are on a low income and rapidly rising energy costs are making it hard for them to make ends meet.

“This is one way to help them manage their budgets, and for other tenants we are looking at other ways to make a difference.

“Once the tenants have had the panels fitted, they could see a significant reduction in their energy bills.”

James Payne, of AP Electrical & Renewable Energy Ltd – the contractor involved in the project – said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Cadwyn Housing Association to deliver this ground-breaking project.

“We understand the importance of combating escalating energy bills and are pleased to assist Cadwyn in their concerted effort to reduce their carbon footprint.”



A Cardiff housing estate that falls amongst a demographic most affected by fuel poverty has been the subject of a solar ‘revolution’ thanks to two local companies working together. Solar Manufacturer GB Sol based in Taffs Well is celebrating supplying both installer training and their solar roofing kits to the family owned electrical company, AP Electrical & Renewable Energy Ltd.

The project has shown a commitment to using the local supply chain, which in turn leads to job sustainability within the community as well as creating a sustainable home for the future.

AP Electrical & Renewable Energy Ltd have a long-standing working relationship with Cadwyn Housing Association and are very familiar with their housing stock and have specific knowledge on many of their domestic properties. They conducted a feasibility study, taking many considerations into account and concluded that Morris Finer Close in Ely lent itself perfectly to a pilot PV installation project.

Marc Payne states: “After careful consideration we decided to propose a property that we were rewiring as the template to install the first ‘retro fit’ Solar Photovoltaic system within Cadwyn Housing Association’s housing stock. As part of the planning, we attended the in-house installer training at GB Sol which was invaluable as it gave us the opportunity to iron out any niggling issues over the forthcoming install.

"I am delighted to say that our install went without a hitch. We were meticulous in our planning, which included close liaison to Bruce at GB Sol. Tapping into Bruce’s vast knowledge of Solar PV, ensured that the install ran smoothly from start to finish. It was a landmark day for us and particularly pleasing that we were able to use the local supply chain from start to finish.”

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