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Salford tower blocks have solar powered lifts
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Photovoltaic solar panels have been installed at blocks of flats in Salford to help reduce the city's carbon footprint. The microgeneration equipment has been fitted to the roofs of three tower blocks in the city - Blackfriars, Whitefriars and Greyfriars. Electricity generated by the panels will feed low-carbon energy into the buildings which will be stored and used to help run lifts and lighting.

The panels need only daylight to generate power, so cloudy days in the Northern city will not be a bar to electricity generation.

The technology has been installed by the city council and Salix Homes which manages the tower blocks. It has been funded by council money and a grant from the government's low carbon building fund.

The panels are expected to offset around 22,000 kg (22 tonnes) of carbon per year helping to reduce the country's greenhouse gas emissions.

Salix Homes has worked with the residents' association in the area, Vertical Villages to develop the idea brought to the council by the group.

Cllr Peter Connor, Salford City Council's lead member for housing said: "We're always looking at ways we can reduce our carbon footprint and this new technology does just that.

"Working with Salix Homes we've been able to develop residents' feedback into this new energy saving project and I'm pleased that our partnership is making things happen for local people."

Over the next year, Salix Homes will be assessing the energy savings from the technology.

Joe Willis Salix Homes' director of services in neighbourhoods said: "Now the panels are up and running we will be monitoring the energy that they generate to look any benefits that can be passed on to tenants.

"We'll be working with the council to do this and are delighted that we've been able to play our part in improving services for the the people living in the flats."

Paul Brodie of Vertical Villages added: "Everyone is really pleased with the installation of the panels on the three tower blocks in Blackfriars, Salford.

"It's been a big learning curve for Vertical Villages members, as it's the first time that we have been involved with a project from inception to delivery."

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