Cross Keys Homes contract will see Mears fitting 3,500 homes with PVs under feed-in tariff scheme

Mears has been awarded a £20m photovoltaic solar panel installation contract in Peterborough. The contract was awarded by Cross Keys Homes to Mears in partnership with British Gas.

Under the deal, Mears will fit PV panels to more than 3,500 homes in Peterborough as well as all associated works such as scaffolding and electrical components.

The installation costs are being funded by British Gas as part of a feed-in tariff scheme over a 25-year period.

According to Mears, the scheme is the UK’s largest PV solar panel installation contract for social housing.

The first PV will be fitted in September with all works scheduled for completion by April 2012.

Commenting on the contract win, chief executive of the Mears Group, David Miles said: “We see increasing opportunities in this area into 2012, particularly as the ’Green Deal’ and other energy efficiency measures come into play. 

“Cross Keys will provide us an important reference site to lead our drive into this emerging energy opportunity as we continue to successfully leverage our partnership with British Gas, which gives us access to both funding and expertise in this area.”