Barnsley plans £16m community solar project

Barnsley Council has launched a community project to install solar energy across its buildings. The Energise Barnsley scheme aims to install rooftop solar panels in around 5,000 council houses and council-owned […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

Barnsley Council has launched a community project to install solar energy across its buildings.

The Energise Barnsley scheme aims to install rooftop solar panels in around 5,000 council houses and council-owned buildings within the next few months.

The total cost of the project is expected to exceed £16 million and will be developed in a partnership between Berneslai Homes, British Gas Solar and Generation Community.

Residents and the wider community will be able to invest in the project via a community share offer.

The council claims it is likely to give an annual return of 5% plus tax benefits.

The surplus income generated by the scheme will be put back into the community via a fund to support projects in the area.

Councillor Sir Steve Houghton, Leader of Barnsley Council said: “Energise Barnsley will have a big impact on our local communities. Cheaper energy will mean reduced bills and the surplus money generated will allow local groups to access a Community Cash Fund to support community projects in the local area.”