GERMANY: aleo solar AG has joined a consortium with LCE (Low Carbon Exchange) and Tigo Energy and on 2 August 2011 signed a framework agreement with the UK housing association Alliance Homes.
The consortium, trading under the name LCX Solar Ltd., will offer Alliance Homes a comprehensive service portfolio from a single source. aleo solar will supply premium modules and inverters for rooftop solar installations, with an average output of 2.5 kW for installation in social housing projects. The management of LCX is able to draw on over 25 years of experience in UK social housing projects, and will be managing the operational aspects of the UK organisation.
Alliance Homes will take delivery of 3 MW totalling 1,200 buildings. The aleo modules, certified for the UK market in accordance with the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) last year, are to be installed by December 2011 at the latest. Other housing associations are also able to source modules via the LCX consortium. This means interested housing associations can avoid the costs of tendering for services. Other marketing activities in the UK will be handled by Alliance Homes and Low Carbon Exchange.
The UK government is guaranteeing a feed-in tariff of £0.433 per kWh until April 2012. In the UK, social housing projects are under public or semi-public administration and offer a major potential for the further propagation of photovoltaic technology.