Corby Council Houses Set to Have Solar Panels.

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Council house residents in Corby are a step closer to having solar panels installed on their roofs.

Corby Borough Council last night agreed to invite bids from energy companies to roll out a major programme of putting solar photo-voltaic panels on its homes.

The plan aims to provide extra funds to improve the council’s housing stock and give tenants their electricity at a reduced rate.

Under the 25-year programme, a company will pay to fit the panels to around a quarter of its 4,800 homes if the tenants give permission or when they become unoccupied. It also hoped to extend the scheme to its commercial properties and land, with the possibly of creating a large-scale “solar park”.

Council chief executive Chris Mallender said: “As a Yorkshire man you
are brought up with a saying ‘you don’t get owt for nowt’. I think this is one programme which disproves that theory. We are encouraging Corby to embrace new technology.”

He added a typical set of panels would produce 40 per cent to 60 per cent of a household’s energy needs.

The move was possible after the Government allowed local authorities to sell renewable energy generated on their land.

Further funds would be paid by the energy provider to the council for additional energy exported to the National Grid and for rental of its roofspace. If 1,000 homes have panels fitted, it would generate £52,000.

Councillor John McGhee said: “The cost of £52 is a lot of money to some people. Since it has been on television a single mother who lives on the Hazel Leys estate has phoned me to asked if she can apply. It needs to be available in all areas.”

However some councillors expressed concern about the panels’ reliability and they agreed their maintenance would be discussed with potential providers.

Source – Northants Evening Telegraph

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