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Why solar should be installed on all renovation projects

Chris Sadler, CEO and Founder of Kimble Solar, explains why he believes that solar is the obvious choice for developers, and why it should be adopted on all renovations.

As the world becomes increasingly conscious of the need for sustainable and eco-friendly practices, the construction industry is under pressure to adopt greener solutions. One such solution that has emerged as a game-changer is solar energy. 

For developers, embracing solar power in their renovation projects is not just a responsible choice, but a strategic one that offers numerous benefits.

It’s also easy to install, relatively low cost in the grand scheme of renewable solutions and helps to work towards the government’s carbon targets of 2025.

Here are some of the other major benefits developers can see when adding solar to their projects.

Meeting customer expectations

With consumers seeking sustainable living that also delivers on cost savings, knowing that the property they purchase is contributing to a greener future, as well as saving on monthly costs by having solar already installed is a major plus. By incorporating solar energy into renovation projects, developers can position themselves as forward-thinking and responsive to consumer demands. Actively showcasing sustainable energy options can set them apart from standard developments and make them more appealing to the energy and environmentally-conscious buyers of today.

Increased property attractiveness and marketability

With energy costs being a major concern for homeowners, properties equipped with solar systems offer a significant advantage. Developers can market their renovated properties as energy-efficient, promising to lower utility bills for prospective buyers or tenants. During times of economic uncertainty and rising costs, this can be a great selling point that sets their properties apart from the competition. Reputable solar installers will be able to provide the developer with a comprehensive outline of potential energy and cost savings which can then be passed onto the potential buyer.

Improved Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs)

In England, properties are required to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) that rates their energy efficiency. The integration of solar power systems can significantly improve a property’s EPC rating, making it more attractive to potential buyers or renters who prioritise energy efficiency. Higher EPC ratings not only enhance marketability but also help developers meet energy efficiency targets and regulatory requirements.

Genuinely reducing environmental impact

It’s not just enough to talk the talk, developers also need to walk the walk and want their projects to be as low impacting on the environment as possible. Ultimately, solar energy is a clean, renewable source that reduces our reliance on fossil fuels. By putting the needs of the planet first and being genuinely green, developers can know that they have caused as little damage as possible to the environment, whilst still operating a highly profitable business.

Bulk purchasing power and long-term partnerships

By committing to solar power across multiple renovation projects, developers can leverage their purchasing power to secure favourable pricing from solar installation companies. Establishing long-term partnerships with reputable solar providers can lead to cost savings, streamlined installation processes, and ongoing support and maintenance services.

It also shows a longstanding commitment to renewables. Businesses can share their partnership on social channels, through internal and external comms and share within their marketing material therefore also benefiting the solar provider and upping the developer’s green credentials and reputation.

As the world transitions towards a more sustainable future, the construction industry has a crucial role to play in reducing its environmental impact. By embracing solar power in their renovation projects, developers can position themselves as leaders in the movement towards eco-friendly construction practices. Not only does solar energy offer financial benefits and increased marketability, but it also aligns with the growing demand for sustainable living options and contributes to a healthier planet for future generations.

Chris Sadler

CEO and Founder of Kimble Solar

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