More buildings could be used for solar panels

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Thousands of solar panels could be fitted to more council buildings in the borough.

North Tyneside Council is considering installing more hi-tech panels on the roofs of council houses, schools and public buildings.

Our earlier scheme was highly successful and carbon emissions have reduced by 22 per cent since 2005

Coun John Stirling, cabinet member for sustainable development

Three years ago the authority entered into a partnership with E.On and installed solar PV panels to more than 1,500 homes with south facing roofs – bringing in an average of £150 a year for each household and saving around a tonne of carbon dioxide emissions per home.

Now with improvements in technology, the council is looking to identify a partner that can install more efficient panels on properties previously not considered suitable, as well as private houses and commercial buildings.

At its meeting last week, cabinet members approved a report agreeing to proceed with a procurement exercise to identify a preferred partner.

Coun John Stirling, cabinet member for sustainable development, said: “This is a really good example of one of the ways the council is working to reduce carbon emissions and help residents to reduce fuel bills. Our earlier scheme was highly successful and carbon emissions have reduced by 22 per cent since 2005.”

“The installation of these new more efficient solar panels will not only continue to reduce the environmental impact of the running of people’s homes, schools and public buildings, but it will also reduce the cost of running them.

“This is a win, win situation – great for the environment and fantastic for our residents benefiting from free energy.”