Energy bills don’t have to always rise. At least for those households included in a scheme to distribute solar panels to 800,000 local authority-run houses across the UK. For according to the Department for International Trade, once installed the panels are expected to cut the energy bills of some of the poorest households in the country by approximately £240 a year. What’s more the tenants won’t have to pay a bean, even for installation after the scheme secured an initial £160m investment. The panels will be provided by UK firm Solarplicity who will work with local authorities across the UK as well as 40 social landlords to roll-out the programme. International Trade minister Greg Hands gave the scheme the thumbs up: “This initial £160m capital expenditure programme will deliver massive benefits to some of the UK’s poorest households…creating 1,000 jobs and delivering cheaper energy bills for up to 800,000 homes”. And then of course there are the benefits for the environment. A win-win all round.
September 19, 2017