Leading rural housing association calls for more investment in building energy-efficient homes

Responding to the recent announcement that Dutch firm Maas Capital is investing £160m into a 5-year £1bn project to install solar panels in low-income homes across England and Wales, leading rural housing association Hastoe has called for more investment in building energy-efficient homes.

The Government-backed scheme announced over the weekend will see UK company Solarplicity create a Community Energy Scheme, where 800,000 tenants will benefit from long-term discounts on their energy bills.

Commenting on the announcement, Hastoe Chief Executive Sue Chalkley said: “This announcement marks a welcome change in Government energy policy, once again recognising the tangible benefits that investment in sustainable energy sources can deliver both for residents and in reinvigorating the supply chain. This is especially important in rural communities where fuel poverty for homes off gas is a very real concern.

“While retrofit projects like this are essential, Hastoe firmly believes that affordability must be also built into the very fabric of new homes by insisting on highly energy-efficient housing design. Planning for sustainability from the start of a building project saves money and it makes sense for local communities, for housing providers and for our future. It is also good sense as it bring down the running costs of a home long term and is already starting to translate into higher values.”

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