World news – Solar panels and insulation upgrades planned for Ipswich Council Homes


Neil MacDonald with council officials admiring the new solar panels on Kingfisher Avenue.
– Credit: Ipswich Borough Council

Numerous townhouses in Ipswich will improve energy efficiency this year thanks to a six-figure government grant, including solar panels.

Ipswich Borough Council received £ 852.112 from the Department of Economics, Energy and Industrial Strategy Green Homes Grants pot, which will be used to fund a £ 1.5 million plan to install solar panels on 227 meetinghouses and external wall insulation for 45 properties.

It follows the council’s existing work program to make its council’s houses more energy efficient, with the council providing the other half of the funds.

Labor council chairman David Ellesmere said it was « a vote of confidence in the existing solar PV panel program » that the council had already implemented. p>
David Ellesmere, chairman of the Ipswich Borough Council, said the state grant for solar panels was a vote of confidence in the council’s existing upgrade program
– Photo credit: Charlotte Bond

Councilor Neil MacDonald, Residential Portfolio Owner, said: « It’s great that we are able to tackle fuel poverty in the housing stock.

 » The average energy efficiency SAP rating of our stock is now 73, which she puts in volume C. The required insulation of the 45 [proposed homes] will bring those homes to Volume C as well.

« I’m delighted to see this. The county council’s assessment of Suffolk Housing in Needs is 1,200 deaths in winter in Suffolk have been due to cold houses for the past 10 years.

« Cold houses increase the risk of lung diseases such as asthma, bronchitis, cardiovascular disease, stroke, exacerbate long-term illnesses such as diabetes and asthma, and impair recovery after discharge from the hospital.

« They say half of the annual cost of heating Suffolk homes could be saved by implementing energy efficiency improvements, and that’s exactly what we’re doing here. »

The money is used to target the lowest energy efficiency meetinghouses in the city.

The agency said other benefits of the program are the fight against fuel farmut, helping low-income households and helping them achieve climate change targets to become climate neutral by 2050.

The work will end by the end of the council’s report, which was presented to the council’s executive on Tuesday evening September 2021.

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