Community renewables finance manager, Empower Community has received a £10.1 million loan from a UK institutional pension investor. The 20-year loan will be used to install, or acquire solar arrays for 2,300 homes and six commercial buildings in Sunderland. The arrays will also be managed by Empower Community. The 2,300 homes to benefit from the loan are part of social housing provider, Gentoo Group who provides community care, construction and solar installations. Thousands of tenants will be able to use free solar generated electricity in their homes, reducing bills by up to 40%.