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£25m scheme transforms thousands of homes in Solihull

Thousands of homes in Solihull are now warmer and more energy efficient after a £25m project was completed by British Gas and Solihull Community Housing.

For the past two years, 30 high-rise buildings have been fitted with solid wall insulation, which has reduced the amount of heat escaping through walls, keeping people’s homes warmer for longer.

More than 1,100 homes, in most of the high-rise buildings, are being heated by a dozen biomass energy plants.

With low emission levels, British Gas says the biomass units are a greener and more efficient way to heat people’s homes.

About a thousand windows have also been replaced with double glazing to keep the heat in people’s homes.

These improvements should result in lower gas bills for residents.

British Gas Energy Delivery managing director David Young said: “We’re proud to have improved people’s homes and the community with this project.

“The new insulation, heating systems and double glazing mean residents now have warmer, quieter and more energy efficient homes, which should help bring down their energy bills too.” 

The project, carried out by British Gas as part of the Energy Companies Obligation, has also supported wider regeneration in the north of the borough.

The insulation has given the buildings a modern appearance and communal areas have been repainted to reinforce the fresh look.

The area’s MP, Caroline Spelman, said: “I was delighted to visit the completed British Gas refurbishment project in Chelmsley Wood, which is one of the largest projects in the country for energy conservation. It’s helped many of my constituents cut their energy bills, and I’d like to see it replicated more widely.”

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