DAVENTRY MP Chris Heaton-Harris has launched a new solar panel initiative at a sheltered housing scheme in Bugbrooke.
He visited the Jubilee House scheme run by housing provider Orbit Heart of England where PV cells costing £37,000 have been installed. This will help older people live independently and protect them from the cost of rising energy bells.
The panels will provide energy for communal areas for lighting and power and cost savings will be passed on to customers through reduced service charges.
Mr Heaton-Harris had previously visited the scheme in March where he met staff and residents, received a tour of the scheme and learned about Orbit Heart of England’s plans for the PV panels.
Mr Heaton-Harris said: “This scheme demonstrates a forward-thinking approach to protecting customers against the rising energy bills.
“I am delighted to be back at Jubilee House to see the scheme get underway and look forward to hearing Orbit Heart of England’s plans to introduce initiatives of a similar essence in other Midlands schemes.”
Jubilee House offers 15 self-contained flats designed to help residents stay as independent as possible and maintain their physical and mental wellbeing and support financial, physical and social needs.
Lorraine Mansfield, Orbit Heart of England’s business development manager, said: “The rising cost of energy is a real concern for our customers and naturally we are keen to take action now and invest to alleviate financial pressures where possible.
“Jubilee House is one of the first of our sheltered properties and the first in Bugbrooke, to be fitted with PV cells.
“This is part of our work with customers to support them to remain independent and direct them to other help and information when required.”