Flintshire Council to install solar panels on 400 homes

Hundreds on council homes are to have solar panels installed by Flintshire Council in a bid to save tenants £3.3 million.

The work is part of an £111 million investment programme to meet the Welsh Housing Quality Standard (WHQS) by 2020.

As part of this, 400 council homes will get solar panels.

The local authority will also insulate properties, both internally and externally, and bringing gas to communities that have previously relied on more expensive forms of heating. 

It is anticipated that over the 20-year lifetime of the Panels, tenants will save over £3.3 million.

“I am delighted that we have been able to deliver this scheme, which will greatly benefit our tenants,” said Cabinet Member for Housing, Cllr Helen Brown.

“This investment shows the commitment of the council to reduce costs for our older tenants, who are more likely to be on a fixed income and therefore at greater risk of fuel poverty. The council will continue to seek opportunities to make all properties as energy efficient as possible.”

Jamie Hailstone is a freelance journalist and author, specializing in local government, transport and energy issues