Council to reduce its carbon footprint with solar panels

Workmen fit solar panels onto homes. ENGNNL00120130321115744
Workmen fit solar panels onto homes. ENGNNL00120130321115744

Lewes District Council is investing in sustainable energy and reducing its carbon footprint by providing hundreds of tenants across the district with solar panels.

Councillor Paul Franklin, Lead Member for Environment at Lewes District Council, said: “This is a great example of the council leading the way.

“The environment benefits as the council’s carbon footprint is reduced ­ with emissions falling by around 1,050 tonnes a year. Tenants will see the difference as they are provided with free electricity during daylight hours and their energy bills reduce by up to 40 per cent.

“Council tax payers will also benefit as funds raised will be re­invested for council services, saving council tax payers’ money. It’s a “win­-win” situation all round.”

Lewes District Council has initially identified 700 homes across the district because their construction and position make them the most suitable for solar panels.

The installation work begins in Newhaven with tenants receiving information packs to let them know what they need to do to arrange for a survey with the council’s approved installers Joju Solar.

Debbie Twitchen, Chair of Tenants of Lewes District (TOLD), said: “We have been working as part of the project team with Lewes District Council and are delighted tenants who sign up will benefit from the installation of solar panels ­ not just financially but environmentally as well.”

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