New Tŷ Solar® affordable homes under construction
Western Solar Ltd has achieved a significant milestone in the company’s development by reaching a partnership agreement with ATEB to build a small hamlet near Trefin in north Pembrokeshire – which is now on site.
The company is also working on a similar development with Coastal Housing at a site in Ammanford, Carmarthenshire.
A further four affordable homes in Stackpole in Pembrokeshire are also underway for Pembrokeshire County Council and a 30 home development for Carmarthen Council.
All of the developments use the innovative Tŷ Solar® low-energy design pioneered at Wales’ first solar village in Glanrhyd, Pembrokeshire and residents report high levels of satisfaction with their new homes. They enjoy ultra low energy bills, a shared electric car, comfortable temperatures in all seasons and a much improved sense of well being.
Glen Peters, CEO said, ‘As a small enterprise, we’re delighted to have such excellent partners on board early in our development. We have huge ambitions to expand the idea of sustainable homes throughout Wales and judging by the way our concept has been received by other social housing providers we remain optimistic.’
Tŷ Solar® homes are specifically for the affordable sector, use 12% of the energy of a traditional home and are made entirely out of wood sourced in Wales. The company believes in the multiplier effect of its part-manufactured concept to bring new jobs and skills, substantially improve the well being of the occupants of their homes and reduce the need for energy from the grid.
‘These projects will be a boost for the development of sustainable timber homes, which still face resistance from the established institutions such as insurers, lenders and valuation agents,’ said Peters.
“I was pleased to officially open Wales’ first solar village in Glanrhyd earlier this year and it is good to hear Western Solar Ltd has plans to create further developments in partnership, and with the support of our Innovative Housing Programme.
This will not only provide much needed housing for local people, but also address many other issues such as energy efficiency, fuel poverty, skills development and the use of Welsh timber.”
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