Northumberland (UK) Renewable Energy Programme Installs 600 Solar Panels on Houses, Schools and Community Buildings
Solar panels fitted to over 600 Northumberland homes
SOLAR panels have been fitted to more than 600 homes, schools and community buildings in Northumberland.
Work is nearing completion on a £7m renewable energy programme by the county council to fit solar panels to the roofs of 520 houses and 120 schools and public buildings.
The aim is to use the power of the sun to provide cheap electricity for council tenants, school staff and pupils and users of community buildings – with excess energy produced by the thousands of photovoltaic panels being sold to the national grid to give the council a return on its investment.
The drive is part of a commitment by the council to reduce its carbon footprint by 50% over five years and help tackle fuel poverty.
The solar panels have been installed on homes in Blyth, Cramlington, Seaton Delaval, Alnwick, Amble and Felton, which are all run by housing management company Homes for Northumberland.
As well as schools, they have also been fitted to fire stations, libraries, community centres and county council offices.
The residential element of the programme is now complete and so far the panels have been installed at 120 schools and community buildings, leaving just a handful to finish.
The council says each school included in the programme will save about £590 a year on its power bill.
The council’s deputy leader, Roger Styring, said: “Combating the effects of climate change and re-balancing the economy of the county are key priorities for us.”
Source: Journal Live: (http://www.journallive.co.uk/northumberland-sites/blyth-northumberland/blyth-news/2012/06/05/solar-panels-fitted-to-over-600-northumberland-homes-61634-31112699/#ixzz1xLAmj6Wi)