Tenants in council bungalows in the area of Cannock Chase in Staffordshire are set to get free electricity from new solar panels.
The scheme aims to give free daytime electricity to residents, by raising £400,000 to £1 million to install solar panels on up to 400 council-owned bungalows.
Based in one of the most deprived districts in Staffordshire and the country, councillors hope this will help residents save cash while cutting the area’s carbon footprint between 160 and 430 tonnes per year CO2.
Councillor Frank Allen added: “Our tenants have been badly hit by rises in energy prices in recent years and through this project we can give many of them an opportunity to reduce their energy bills by getting free electricity when the sun is shining.”
It was launched at an event at Cannock Chase council offices on November 4th, and is now open to investors.
Mike Kinghan, Chair of the charity Chase Community Solar which is running the project said: “We believe this is the first community energy project in the UK focusing on giving free electricity to council house tenants. If it’s successful it will blaze the way for further community energy projects with councils and other social housing providers.”