EH Smith


Furnace Lane, Kettering

04 April 2012
Renewable Technology

Orbit Housing Association
Location : Kettering
Contractors: Thomas Vale Sustainable Solutions

This social housing development consists of 51 new houses built to Code Level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes. The Code is the national standard for the sustainable design and construction of new homes. The Code aims to reduce our carbon emissions and create homes that are more sustainable.

As part of their strategy for meeting Code Level 4, Thomas Vale installed Solar Photovoltaic systems to each building. This also had an added benefit to the client as they will now benefit from the Feed in Tariff or Clean Energy Cashback scheme.

Under this scheme the owner of the property, or in this case multiple properties, receives an income from the generation of electricity and a reduction in their overall electricity bill. Using Government figures their total income from this scheme could be in the region of £15-18,000 per year!

EH Smith supplied all of the Solar PV equipment to this project including the panels, inverters, mounting systems and electrical cabling and equipment.

"This is exactly the kind of high-quality and affordable family housing that this country needs to create strong communities for the future.

"Furnace Lane shows how collaboration between Government, councils like Kettering and major housing providers like Orbit is delivering local housing for local people in partnership with the community."

Grant Shapps MP
Housing Minister
UK Government
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