Birmingham solar energy project given green light

04 Oct 2010
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Birmingham solar energy project given green light

Around 10,000 council-owned properties in Birmingham are to be fitted with solar panels under a new scheme which has been ratified by the local authority.

Birmingham City Council agreed a £100 million proposal last week to move ahead with the Birmingham Energy Savers scheme, which will see the authority join forces with energy suppliers and banks to provide funding, reports the Guardian.

Homeowners will pay for the solar technology via levies on their energy bills while still enjoying overall savings, with the scheme is also expected to create green jobs and improve the area's renewable energy industry infrastructure.

It is the biggest proposal for energy-efficient home retrofitting yet seen in the UK and is intended to generate proceeds to finance a further initiative, which will involve the refurbishment of 200,000 houses.

Paul Tilsley, deputy leader of Birmingham City Council, said: "This scheme will significantly improve the lives of people in Birmingham, setting a green standard beyond that of any city in the world."

Last month, Friends of the Earth stated that more investment in renewable energy projects is necessary to support the industry and create more jobs.

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