Solar panel future for council houses

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THE first solar panels on Portsmouth council houses have been unveiled.

They have been installed at 119 Whale Island Way, Landport, as part of the house’s refurbishment.

The technology, which will save around £200 a year on electricity bills, is also being fitted at 123 Whale Island Way.

The solar cells transform the sun’s energy into electricity, which will provide most of the homes’ electrical power and lighting. Other improvements to the properties include loft and wall insulation improvements, installing eco-efficient gas central heating and excluding drafts.

The solar panels are expected to generate 1500kw of energy, and save a tonne of carbon, a year.

Councillor Steven Wylie, the council’s leader for housing, said: ‘These panels are an exciting step towards how we could refurbish houses in the future. They will save a family money on energy bills, and reduce the home’s carbon footprint. I’m very proud we can be innovative and provide an energy-efficient, eco-friendly home to a family.’

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