An issue that arose during our July CSPS events, and has since been raised again, is whether the necessary selectivity of houses chosen for solar/ PV panel installation in council schemes could breach equality legislation.
This is potentially a problem because of the significant financial savings in energy bills that tenants may enjoy where solar panels are installed, while a neighbour across the street in a house with the wrong orientation could be excluded; an issue that is not helped by solar panels being very visible improvements to a property.
Several of our members who are currently considering possibilities around council solar schemes are keen to further explore this problem.
We would therefore likel to hear from any organisations that have come up against the issue, to get some further insight on whether this really is a problem, and how it has been overcome.
Further, is this a problem that is limited to solar panels? How if at all does equality legislation affect areas such as insulation being put into some houses but not others?