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Former Manchester City site boasts solar-powered homes

14 May 2012 No Comment

Over 300 eco-friendly homes have been built on the site of Manchester City’s Maine Road stadium, gmchamber.co.uk reports.

The sympathetically-named Maine Place, which has been developed by Prospect (GB), has transformed the site into a residential complex comprising a mix of houses and apartments. Maine Road was last used by City in 2003.

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Reducing Manchester’s carbon footprint

The draw of this particular development, however, is the inclusion of a huge solar panel system. In total, 207 panels have been installed on the roof and it is claimed this will generate residents with around one million kWh of electricity over the coming 25 years.

Solar panel installation

Carbon emissions will be reduced by an impressive 500 tonnes

Solar heating is growing in popularity, due not only to the desire to reduce CO2 emissions, but also as it drives down costs. Using wall cladding to insulate a home could have the same effect; keeping bills low when the months turn colder. In addition this type of cladding provides an efficient and durable interior product that should last the life of buildings in normal, dry, controlled and unpolluted environments.

It is anticipated that the solar roof will generate power even on cloudy days and the carbon emissions will be reduced by an impressive 500 tonnes – also during the next 25 years.

Sustainable housing development

Commenting on the development, Maurice Palfreyman of developer, Prospect (GB) said to 24dash.com:

“Our residents have some of the greenest homes in the city thanks to our ambitious solar scheme.”

“We are very proud of our sustainable housing development and the contribution we are making to reducing Manchester’s carbon footprint.”

Author: Elizabeth Smythe  Date Written: 14 May 2012

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