Gentoo housing group marks milestone

A North East housing group has reached a major milestone after fitting solar panels to 2,000 of its homes

The milestone comes as part of Gentoo’s solar photovoltaic (PV) programme, where its customers pay £1 maintenance fee per week to save cash on their household bills.

More than £8m has already been invested in the project to date with average savings of around 22%.

Allan Thompson, managing director of Gentoo Construction, said: “This is the second phase of our PV retrofit programme and as the number of installations we have made to date show; the programme has proven very popular amongst our customers. Gentoo’s mission is to reinvest the wealth it generates back into the communities it serves and we will do the same with this project. The income that Gentoo will receive through the Feed-in Tariff (FiT) as a result of PV installations made to date will be ring fenced to install more PV systems to more of its customers’ homes.”

Some 20,000 PV panels have now been fitted to Gentoo properties and as well helping its customers to reduce their energy bills, retrofitting PV to its properties has also allowed it to reduce its environmental impact as a business by reducing the carbon emissions of its existing housing stock.

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