The council's RE-Charge scheme offered loans to householders to install renewable energy and low carbon technologies on their own home. The scheme
completed in 2011 and assisted 280 householders to install a variety of solar panels, biomass boilers and even one hydro-electricity scheme.
Kirklees has a large number of properties which are not suitable for traditional cavity wall insulation, these properties tend to have a poorer energy
efficiency rating and are more expensive to heat. If the energy rating of these 'hard to treat' properties is to be raised then alternative measures, for
example renewables, must be considered. Almost 70% of the properties which benefited from the Re-Charge scheme are hard to treat properties with solid stone
SunCities is a European Commission funded project which began in 2000 and was completed in February 2006.
The project aimed to install 3.05 megawatts of solar electricity on 2,000 homes in Germany, the Netherlands
and Kirklees in the UK. In Kirklees this includes a total of 351kWp solar electricity systems and 63 solar
thermal systems. Around 518 households were involved across Kirklees, including elderly tenants and families
with young children. They will benefit from free solar electricity and can expect to save up to £50 a year
on their electricity bills.
Through SunCities, Kirklees has installed 4.9% of the total solar electricity installed in the UK, making
SunCities the largest domestic solar project in the UK. The project attracted funding of up to £1.8 million
to Kirklees and attracted nationwide attention through winning an Ashden Award for Sustainable Energy, a
British Renewable Energy Association Award and a Green Apple Award.
The Sackville Street Solar Electricity (PV) scheme consists of a series of solar PV systems installed in
January 2003 on 31 tenanted properties owned by Kirklees Community Association and managed by Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing in Ravensthorpe, West Yorkshire. This project was one of the first
trials of solar electricity in domestic buildings in the UK (funded by the Department of Trade and Industry),
which led to the establishment of the UK's Major (PV) Demonstration Programme.
This project created a solar village of 100 homes, including bungalows and flats, in the Fernside Estate,
managed by Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing, in Almondbury, Huddersfield. Two nearby schools have also been
supplied with domestic sized solar power systems which are now a valuable educational resource.
Roof integrated solar PV systems have been installed on two 40-bed new build care homes - Moorlands Grange in
Netherton and Castle Grange in Newsome, approximately 4 miles from Huddersfield town centre; and on four new
build sheltered housing bungalows - Mill Dale, Crescent Dale, Elm Grove and Orchard Grove in Heckmondwicke.
The homes have been built on the sites of old homes and will provide a high quality care service to people in
the Kirklees area through modern care facilities which will contribute to maintaining the dignity of
residents, encouraging residents to interact in a comfortable setting and participate in modern life. Each
home has a digital readout from the panels showing how much solar energy has been generated.
Through this project a 15.36 kWp roof integrated solar electricity system has been installed as part of the
new build school. The school is an excellent site for a solar PV installation, it has a large south facing
roof and no shading. Measures in addition to the solar panels include rainwater harvesting and recycling,
automatic lighting controls and high efficiency heating. The building houses 380 pupils and 50 staff, the
solar panels are an educational resource for the school and a demonstration project for the community,
located in the heart of the Moldgreen, the project is highly visible. Funding of 50% of the project cost was
received from the UK Government's Major Demonstration Programme.
King James Science College and Lowerhouses J I & N
These schools were an integral part of the Fernside Solar Village project. Domestic size systems have
been installed at each school with digital displays showing how much solar energy is being generated at each
in order to maximise the educational benefits of renewable energy in school.