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Solar panels on houses in Skipton

Work to retrofit thirty houses and flats with heat pumps and solar panels in the Craven area has been completed.  

Work started on properties in Skipton, Burton-In-Lonsdale, Clapham and Horton-In-Ribblesdale in March.  

As part of the project solar panels have been installed on all homes by leading energy solutions provider E.ON, and six have had an air source heat pump installed, replacing their solid fuel heating and immersion systems with low carbon alternatives, reducing the impact of rising energy prices, and cutting carbon emissions by around 30 tonnes.   

The project has been delivered thanks to £80,000 from the European Regional Development Fund, which was secured by Craven District Council as part of their £1.2m Zero Carbon Craven scheme.  

Yorkshire Housing has also invested £170,000 into the project as they ramp up their efforts to decarbonise existing homes ahead of government targets.  

Customers have been impressed with the installations and Yorkshire Housing will be supporting them over the next few weeks as they get used to their new heating systems.   

Steve Ellard, Director of Assets and Sustainability at Yorkshire Housing said:   

“We want all our customers to live in warm homes that are cost effective to heat, reducing fuel poverty and increasing quality of life.    

“In these difficult times we’re committed to doing everything we can to tackle the climate crisis and reduce carbon emission from our homes.”   

Councillor Simon Myers, Craven District Council’s lead member for Enterprise, said: “We were pleased to include Yorkshire Housing in this project who have been able to install renewable technologies in their properties for the benefit of Craven residents.”  

Dave Newitt, Director of E.ON’s Energy Installation Services division, said: “We work with local authorities and housing associations across the country to improve the energy efficiency and sustainability of people’s homes and we’re delighted to have successfully completed this project in the Craven area. 

“Greater sustainability in homes pays back immediately and exponentially in terms of lower costs, reduced emissions, cleaner air and more comfortable homes. These 30 households are now reaping the benefits of living in properties generating their own renewable electricity.”