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Kier solar contract wins announced

Kier has won five new contracts - valued at almost £4m - to design and install solar panels for local authorities and housing associations across the UK.

The locations range from Devon to Greater Manchester, the projects will help clients to cut their carbon footprint and save on energy bills.

The company say its energy solutions specialists, who are carrying out the work, will also be offering advice and guidance to help local authorities and social housing tenants become more energy efficient.

The biggest of Kier’s recent wins is a three-month contract with Cottsway Housing Association, worth £2.5m, to install PV panels onto 500 properties.

Kier has already delivered PV panels to four civic buildings in Mid Devon in a £520,000 contract, as well as 84 properties in the north-west - including Blackburn, Blackpool and Oldham - for Great Place Housing, worth £350K, and a leisure centre in Bracknell forest.

Cambourne Parish Council, which will also receive PV panels to help generate energy efficiency savings in line with government initiatives, completes Kier’s run of new contract wins.

Managing director of Kier’s energy solutions business, Nigel Sheppard, said more and more businesses and public sector companies were switching to renewable energy technology and energy efficiency measures.

“The government’s energy efficiency initiatives have presented organisations with an opportunity to improve their environmental credentials in a financially viable way.

“The installation of PV panels is just one way businesses can reduce their energy bills, which when multiplied by the number of properties they have on their books, adds up to significant savings.

“The concentration of new contract wins reflects this situation and we’re delighted to be working with our new partners.”