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Breyer Group wins £18.5m solar panel housing deal

Housing association Peabody has appointed building contractor Breyer Group to provide £18.5 million worth of solar panels on London housing stock.

The deal will see Breyer install panels on housing stock across 25 London boroughs.

The Breyer Group launched its photovoltaic and solar thermal installation service, Solarbright, last month and has also landed a deal to provide 2,000 units to Colchester Borough Council in a £28m scheme.

Peabody sustainability manager Nic Wedlake said: “We’re proud to be cutting electricity bills for our customers as well as carbon emissions.

“This project will help ensure Peabody homes, which have stood the test of time across London, continue to meet the needs of Londoners into the 21st century.”

The programme will see Solarbright install six megawatt peak (mWp) of solar panels, reducing emissions from Peabody homes by around 2,500 tonnes per year.

Breyer Group managing director Tim Breyer said: “All of us at Breyer are excited to be working on such a landmark environmental project. “This flagship project should significantly improve Peabody’s carbon emissions and act as a case study for all major property owners in the UK.”

The solar installations will begin immediately and the work will be completed by March 2012.

Peabody will also undertake an impact assessment for residents living in street properties to measure the fuel savings as a result of the solar installations.

Breyer Group has landed almost £50m-worth of work installing solar PV panelling after launching its new division dedicated to the sector.

The work comes after Breyer spent a year setting up, training and accrediting its solar division. The schemes fall under the feed-in tariff (FiT) scheme.

The company is already on a £225m framework for Fusion 21 and Procurement for Housing.