600 homes in Nottingham get solar panels

""E.ON and Nottingham City Council have announced a partnership to fit solar panels to 600 homes in Aspley. 

Hundreds of families in Nottingham will soon be feeling the benefits solar power, as Nottingham City Council continues to lead the way in tackling fuel poverty through creating a Super Warm Zone. 

E.ON, one of Nottingham's largest employers, has been selected by the Council to fit the solar panels, which will help reduce energy bills for people in some of the most deprived areas of the city. The work is planned to start in March and will be completed by July. 

It will be one of the largest domestic photovoltaic (PV) schemes in the UK, which builds on Nottingham's reputation for successfully delivering large scale energy infrastructure projects and maintains the cities position as the UK's most energy self-sufficient city. 

The council is taking the lead on a number of innovative schemes which will help reduce bills for people across the city, at a time when energy costs are rising. The Council is championing developments that will produce low carbon energy with local distribution across the city. 

Nottingham City Council have already fitted loft, cavity wall and solid wall insulation in 3,000 homes in Aspley and believe the addition of solar panels will be a further asset to these homes, creating the area as a Super Warm Zone. 

The 2kW solar panels will produce an estimated total of 4,000kWh of electricity per year, the Council will in effect rent the roof space to E.ON, and the householders are likely to see their electricity bills come down as a result.

Councillor Graham Chapman, Deputy Leader of Nottingham City Council, said: "Nottingham already provides 11% of its own energy and schemes like this will undoubtedly increase our reputation for being the Energy City. But more importantly it will also help reduce fuel poverty and offer real jobs and training opportunities for local people in the growing green economy."

Don Leiper, Director of New Business at E.ON, said: "We've all got a role to play in bringing down our carbon footprint and becoming more energy fit. I'm delighted that, as one of Nottingham's leading employers, we're able to work with the City Council ad together we can start to make a difference and build energy efficiency into our everyday lives. 

"Schemes like this will not only give people a more renewable source of power, they'll also provide a source of free energy - it's like your house is working for you."

The Super Warm Zone will not only benefit the environment but will also  help to create jobs in the area.