Grampian Housing Association’s homes in the Northfield area of Aberdeen are to be fitted with Tesla 2 Powerwall battery storage units to enable tenants to store the electricity generated from solar panels installed on their roofs.
Orkney-based Solo Energy will provide a virtual power plant through the batteries, while panel manufacturer AES Solar will undertake the installation work.
The households will also benefit from external wall insulation, thanks to funding from the Scottish Government’s Decarbonisation Fund. This money will also eventually see the installation of battery storage units across 50 of the Association’s properties in Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire and Moray.
Chris Hunt, business development officer at Grampian Housing Association, said: “This fund is a great incentive to consider technologies that often Registered Social Landlords would otherwise be unable to afford, but from which the greatest savings to tenants and the environment can come. This has been one of the best funds to come from Government and we would like to see this continue as we look to try to decarbonise heat as well as move towards the requirements of the energy efficiency standard for social housing.”