A new model for developing ultra-low-energy affordable homes
– locally manufactured
– using local materials
– providing local employment
When Countryfile came to visit in the summer of 2016:
Its report tells the Tŷ Solar® story of how we used local materials, local production facilities and local employment to deliver the first solar hamlet in Wales.
Western Solar’s Tŷ Solar® delivery model
Welsh wood is our raw material and we have become expert at converting trees into warm comfortable solar-powered homes. Tŷ Solar® is our baseline 3-bed detached house and we have a 2-bed semi variant also available. They both consume around 12% of the energy of a traditional house.
Our homes are built to the highest standards in rural Pembrokeshire and we’re proud of the fact that 80% of the components that make up the houses are sourced locally. Our costs compare favourably with standard construction except that we can boast a considerably lower carbon footprint.
Our first factory was originally a cowshed – and now tree trunks go in one end and houses come out of the other! This model is easily replicable elsewhere, so larger projects can benefit from local production facilities as well as local employment and skills training.
GLEN PETERS, CEO, WESTERN SOLAR LTD