GENTOO is trying out a pioneering new solar energy technology.
The Solar Angel combines the benefits of conventional solar thermal and photovoltaic (PV) panels to generate both hot water and electricity by absorbing a larger percentage of energy from the sun.
In turn, the hot water generated cools down the panel, increasing the efficiency of the electrical generation.
Gentoo executive director of property Ian Porter said: “We appreciate how hard it can be for our customers due to the continuing increase in energy costs, so as part of this we have been investing in solar PV for some time.
“By investing in further innovation, such as the Solar Angel, panel and by working with a like-minded organisation, we aim to continue the support we are able to provide to improve the lives of our customers.”
The trial will run for 12 months at a property in Washington, the first time Solar Angel has been installed on a social housing property, in a partnership between Gentoo, Northumberland solar technology company Natural Technology Developments (NTD) and County Durham-based PV provider Romag, itself part of the Gentoo Group.
The aim is to evaluate and measure the performance of the panel and cost savings to the customer, before potentially rolling the technology out to more Gentoo properties.
NTD managing director Paul Laidler said: “We are delighted the first installation of our exciting new product will take place here in the North East where the panel is manufactured.”