A North Tyneside company is helping hundreds of householders cut their energy bills.
Award-winning green energy company Opus Green is fitting solar PV panels to around 200 South Tyneside homes on behalf of South Tyneside Homes and South Tyneside Council.
The work is being carried out on properties in South Shields, Jarrow and Hebburn thanks to a £700,000 green energy project.
Chris Cassells, managing director of Benton-based Opus Green, said: “The solar PV panels will generate free electricity during the day and make a huge difference to householders.
“It’s not just about reducing bills, the panels will also help the council and South Tyneside Homes reduce their carbon footprint in the borough.
“The project will save more than 200 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year.
“The panels capture the sun’s energy and convert it into electricity, and they don’t need direct sunlight to work – they can still generate electricity on a cloudy day.”
Opus Green will appoint a tenant liaison officer and will also take on eight extra employees.
Coun Allan West, lead member for housing and transport for South Tyneside Council, said: “We are committed to reducing energy costs for our residents.
“We are looking to the long-term future and measures such as this to support the sustainability of the borough by delivering energy-efficient housing and helping to reduce our carbon footprint by generating clean, green power.
“Tenants will notice a real difference as they will be able to use the free electricity generated during the daytime and benefit from reduced overall fuel bills.”