Tenants set for solar panel boost

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COUNCIL and housing association tenants across the country could have free solar panels installed on their homes thanks to a South Yorkshire firm.

Solar Europa, in Dodworth, Barnsley, has struck a deal which could see up to 200,000 tenants receiving panels as part of a £1.2 billion deal.

The firm, which has secured financial backing for the project, says it will create up to 3,000 jobs for installation and maintenance teams across the country over the next four years.

It claims the panels could slash every tenant’s electricity bill by up to 50 per cent.

The scheme could also help the Government hit its carbon reduction targets.

David Hawkins, from the firm, said the deal was a ‘win-win situation’ for local authorities, housing associations and their tenants.

He said: “Financial constraints have, until now, meant many housing associations and local authorities have been unable to invest in much-needed renewable technologies.

“Installing solar panels as part of a wider energy-efficiency programme can help alleviate the problems of high energy costs for tenants.

“The average tenant who has solar panels installed can save as much as 50 per cent off their annual electricity bill and that saving can make a massive difference to the lives of many householders.”

The deal also means up to 25 new jobs could be created in Barnsley in distribution and support roles.