Council planning solar panels for all homes
A council is making plans to install photo-voltaic solar panels onto all its housing stock.
Bournemouth Council is currently running a pilot on 50 homes throughout the area and proposals to expand this to 200 are due to go before a cabinet meeting tomorrow (Wednesday).
If successful, council chiefs say the scheme could be rolled out to all 5,000 homes it is responsible for in a £22 million deal.
The scheme is funded by prudential borrowing from the council’s housing revenue account and the aim is to reduce CO2 emissions, provide income to the council, create jobs and help tenants with their electricity bills.
Robert Lawton, cabinet member for housing and environment, said: ‘By carrying out a further 200 installations as part of the pilot scheme we will be able to gain more knowledge and expertise about the PV industry which will allow us to make more informed decisions for any larger programme of work in the future.
‘Following the pilot scheme, we will be looking to roll it out more widely to include all council housing, care homes and schools.
‘The overall investment could potentially be £22 million with £12million of savings by way of cheaper electricity bills and £15 million by way of an income from the Government’s feed-in tariff.’
The council’s in-house workforce, Building Maintenance, will be the main installer working with Mouchel, the authority’s incremental partner