Renewables scheme draws to a close
A £7 million programme to better utilise renewable energy in Northumberland is coming to an end. The scheme, run by the county council, has seen over 600 buildings fitted with solar panels.
The scheme has seen thousands of special photovoltaic panels fitted to buildings as part of the council's aim to cut its carbon footprint in half over five years, as well as to help those in fuel poverty.
The council intend to generate a return on their investment by selling excess energy to the national grid. The council deputy leader, Roger Styring, said that combating climate change and improve the economy of the county were "key priorities" of the council.
The panels have been fitted on 520 homes and 120 public buildings, including schools, with the aim of creating cheap electricity for a variety of people in the county, including users of community buildings, school staff and pupils and council tenants.
Homes run by Homes for Northumberland in Felton, Blyth, Amble, Cramlington, Alnwick and Seat Delval have had solar panels fitted. Public buildings which have also been fitted include county council offices, fire stations, community centres and libraries.
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