Landlord to test green technologies

Greenfields Community Housing is fitting photovoltaic panels to 1,000 of its 8,000 homes and testing ways to improve the energy efficiency of the remainder.

The housing association, which is based in Essex, is starting trials of 10 different energy-saving technologies. These will run for a year to test their effectiveness before a decision is made on which should be rolled out more widely.

One thousand south-facing homes will also be fitted with photovoltaic panels. This work will be funded through a roof rental scheme and is due to start next spring.

Lynn Thomas, asset manager at Greenfields, said: ‘We are very keen to work with our contractors, including Higgins Construction, Apollo and Worcester Bosch, to maximise opportunities to try new green initiatives, with the ultimate aim of reducing energy use and our residents’ energy bills.’