Up to 300 more families in Newcastle could benefit from lower energy bills.
It follows a decision to give the go-ahead for solar panels to be fitted to the roofs of more council homes across the city, reducing householders’ fuel bills in the process.
The installations are in addition to work on more than 200 homes which have already been fitted with the panels along with 25 public buildings and schools.
Executive Director of Environment and Regeneration, David Slater, said: "I am delighted that another 300 households will benefit from the installation of more solar panels on roofs across the city.
"Not only will this help families at a time when they are feeling the pinch with energy bills but it will cut carbon emissions and contribute to the city's international reputation for green initiatives while creating much needed jobs."
The work will be carried out by June to enable families to take advantage of the current feed in tariff rates being offered by Government as part of its scheme to encourage the rolling out of micro renewable technologies to reduce carbon emissions.
The city council is using its energy master plan - developed with partners - to take advantage of the financial and carbon benefits of installing photovoltaic panels which convert solar energy to low cost electricity.
As well as adding to the city’s green credentials, the installation schemes also help safeguard and create much needed jobs.
Systems attached to council buildings help reduce the council’s electricity costs meaning more money is available for public services. It’s estimated that a Your Homes Newcastle tenant can save £100 a year on their electricity bill if they have the panels fitted.
Over the next few weeks business cases will be developed to allow the panels to be fitted.
Notes for editors:
Properties to receive solar panels will be in areas of higher deprivation and fuel poverty. Factors to be taken into consideration will include angle and position of roof, roof condition and an Environmental Performance Certificate rating of A, B, C or D.
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