10,000 Birmingham homes to get solar panels

In a scheme part-funded by commercial banks and the council, 10,000 Birmingham homes are to get solar panels fitted.

The council owned properties will benefit from a new ‘green deal’ which will see the UK’s biggest retro-fitted energy upgrade.

The proceeds from the retrofits will be used to re-finance a scheme that it’s hoped will be enough to re-furbish a further 200,000 homes.

Residents will see savings on their annual fuel bills, despite a planned levy to help repay the councils loans for the installation costs.

The council has said it will start by identifying those households with the greatest social need, singling out people in fuel poverty.

The longterm goal is to upgrade all 420,000 homes in Birmingham city which will include owner occupied and the privately rented sector.

Way to go Birmingham! Is your city doing anything similar? We’d love to hear about it in the Comments below.

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