Lewes District Council is investing in sustainable energy and reducing its carbon footprint by providing hundreds of tenants across the district with solar panels.
Installation of the photo voltaic panels has progressed extremely well, with 525 properties across the district already benefiting.
Councillor Ron Maskell, Lead Member for Housing at Lewes District Council, said: “Although it is only a few months since we started the installation of photo voltaic panels on council-owned properties, it’s great that hundreds of tenants are already seeing the difference as they are provided with free electricity during daylight hours. They are also noticing their energy bills are reducing, in some cases by up to 40 per cent. Council tax payers will also benefit as funds raised will be re-invested for council services, saving tax payers’ money. It’s a ‘win-win’ all round.”
The installation of solar panels began in Newhaven and has been rolled out to a number of properties throughout the district, installed by the council’s approved installers Joju Solar.
Debbie Twitchen, Chair of Tenants of Lewes District (TOLD), said: “We have been working with the council and are delighted tenants are benefiting financially as well as environmentally.”
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