Taunton Deane invests £1.5m in solar

Taunton Deane Borough Council has spent £1.5m installing solar panels on 350 council homes in a bid to save tenants £220 a year on electricity bills.

Energy made by the panels is being monitored and any excess not used in the home is sold back to the National Grid, generating income for the council through the Feed-In-Tariff.

The Council has also spent £400,000 on a scheme to externally insulate a number of properties across the Deane.

Tenants were able to remain living in their properties while the works were carried out, as they were all external.

"These initiatives are perfect examples of how we can generate long term benefits for tenants and the Council through initial investment,” said Executive Councillor for Housing Services, Cllr Terry Beale.

"These measures will not only provide savings all round but they will be energy efficient and have much less impact on the environment which is an important part of sustainability."

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