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PORTSMOUTH City Council’s housing service has helped the city raise £10,000 in cash through saving energy.

The city’s photovoltaic solar system has seen 12 sites convert to the energy-saving scheme in the last 15 months.

The latest projects at Highfield and Timpson Road were completed in March.

Each site has a total of 232 solar panels and is forecast to generate 50,000kWh per year with income to the council of £17,000 across both sites.

With the success of the installations to date, and after consultation with residents, the council is spending a further £400,000 this year installing of solar panels on large blocks of flats.

The council’s cabinet member for housing, Councillor Steve Wemyss, said: ‘We see solar photovoltaic as a very useful technology for reducing our energy bills so that we have more money to invest elsewhere in our housing portfolio.

‘The council has been looking at its energy consumption, reducing bills for ourselves.’