In February 2015,Â SIGÂ client, Golden Gates Housing Trust (GGHT) scooped aÂ National Housing Innovation Award for the â€˜Most Innovative Refurbishment/Regeneration Projectâ€™.
The multi-million pound Alders Green project beatÂ offÂ stiff competition from the likes of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Athletes Village.
Award judges commented that the most innovative part of this project, pictured below before and after the transformation, was the development of the Smart Energy Share solar system, which allows tenants to share generated energy. SIG smart energy share was developed in partnership with GGHT who have been endorsing the product since its inception. With no PV sharing system available on the open market,Â award judges recognised its capacity to benefit social housing residents especially those vulnerable families and individuals in danger of, or experiencing fuel poverty.
Cllr Kate Hannon, executive board member for leisure, community and culture at Warrington Borough Council, said: â€œWinning this award is a credit to all those who have been involved in bringing this scheme to life.â€