Up to 600 Crawley council tenants will save around £100 per year on their energy bills when solar panels are installed.
The scheme for Crawley Homes properties is set to be completed by January.
Councillor Colin Lloyd, Cabinet member for Environment and Sustainability, said the project had the double benefit of saving tenants money and being eco-friendly.
Councillor Stephen Joyce, Cabinet member for Housing, said: “I’m really pleased we’re able to support our tenants in this way. There are about 2,000 suitable properties across the town but due to the Government’s proposals to cut funding for green projects early next year, we are only able to bring up to 600 forward. If the proposals change then we would investigate working on more homes.”
A council spokesman said: “Reducing fuel poverty and carbon emissions are priorities for Crawley Borough Council and work is set to start on installing solar PV arrays on the council’s Crawley Homes properties.”
Not all Crawley Homes properties will be suitable for solar panels. Tenants who are in the most suitable properties will be contacted soon.
The project is being delivered through the council’s membership of Your Energy Sussex, a partnership of Sussex councils with Carillion Energy, who will rent the roof space from Crawley Borough Council.
Three separate contractors from around the Sussex area will carry out the work.
The surplus electricity generated by the solar panels will be sold back to the National Grid, earning an income that Your Energy Sussex will re-invest in other energy saving initiatives to benefit West Sussex residents. Your Energy Sussex also uses local companies to carry out much of its work, ensuring that the Sussex economy benefits in terms of growth, jobs and apprenticeship opportunities.
Crawley Borough Council aims to be a zero carbon authority by 2050. If you have any bright carbon saving ideas email LA21@crawley.gov.uk and for inspiration or more information about the council’s green efforts so far, visit www.crawley.gov.uk/environment
For more information on Your Energy Sussex log onto www.yourenergysussex.org.uk
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