Solar electricity panels (PV)
Solar electricity panels, also known as photovoltaics (PV), capture the sun’s energy and convert it into electricity that you can use in your home. Installing solar PV to a home enables you to generate your own renewable electricity.
Green Homes Grant
The government's Green Homes Grant can help households in fuel poverty to improve the energy efficiency of a home with energy saving measures, such as solar PV. The Local Authority Delivery Scheme (LADS 1B, 2 and 3) and the Home Upgrade Grant (HUGS) are part of the Green Homes Grant. This grant is funded by the government and delivered by Walsall Council, across the borough.
How the funding is being used
Funding from the government Green Homes Grant (LADS and HUGS) has supported the installation of solar electricity panels at over 400 homes in the Walsall borough (as at 22 February 2023).
|2022/23||Dwellings where solar PV is installed||Grant funding|
|Private owner occupier||123||LADS 1B|
|Midland Heart - solar tenure||51||LADS 2|
|Private owner occupier||113||LADS 2|
|Private owner occupier||130 (71)||LADS 3|
|Private owner occupier||2 (5)||HUGS 1|
|Total||419 (numbers in brackets are planned works)|
Solar PV electricity production
Using an average generation rate of 3,707 kwh:
- A single install is estimated to produce £1,362 of electricity (Using the current average unit cost of electricity for the West Midlands of 36.75p kw)
- The total estimated generation of electricity is 1.55 MKwh
- The total estimated value of energy produced is £570,815