Solar panels could give free electricity to 200 Norwich council homes

Solar panels could save £200 on electricity bills. Solar panels could save £200 on electricity bills.

Sunday, June 22, 2014
10:16 AM

Two hundred council homes in Norwich could get free electricity after proposals were put forward to install solar panels on their roofs.

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Houses in Mile Cross and Catton Grove could benefit from the move, which Norwich City Council bosses say could knock up to £200 off their annual electricity bills.

The council is looking to trial the installation of a PV for Free scheme to 200 homes and to its Lakenham neighbourhood office.

The panels would be paid for and installed by Norse Energy, which would make money from the feed in tariff and the export tariff.

But the tenants would get free electricity, which could shave between £100 and £200 off their energy bills.

The proposals will go before Norwich City Council’s cabinet when it meets next Wednesday.

If the controlling Labour cabinet approves the proposal, then a detailed survey will have to take place to decide which properties will benefit.

That survey will take into account factors such as the direction each property faces, the pitch of the roof, the degree to which the roof is shaded by trees or other buildings and the capacity of the electrical systems in properties to cope with a solar panel system.

The panels are likely, however, to only be installed on “family type accommodation” with full occupancy of three bedrooms or more.

In 2010, it emerged that up to 5,000 families across Norwich could benefit from free electricity through a scheme to fit solar panels to council homes.

The council was hoping to sign a contract with a company prepared to to install photovoltaic cells on thousands of homes – which would mean free power in daylight hours for the people in those homes.

But before the contract was signed, the government slashed the feed-in tariff which meant the scheme was no longer financially viable.

However, with installation costs having dropped since 2011, the schemes are becoming financially viable again.

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16 comments

  • Good old Labour City Council....look after your cosy tenants for vote catching. DOES THIS MEAN THAT THOSE GETTING FREECHEAP ELECTRICITY (AT THE ULTIMATE COST TO COUNCIL TAXINCOME TAX PAYERS) WILL HAVE THEIR HUGE "SOOSH" HANDOUTS CUT TO COMPENSATE? I doubt it.........suck the good old taxpayer. (P.S. 'Mr Slippery' please note for your anti-abuse of beenfits campaign)

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    308GT4

    Saturday, June 28, 2014

  • Ah hello Windless. See Ofgem Factsheet 98 for the breakdown of your contribution to renewable energy. The ROC and the FiT come to £27 per year for an average household (I assume you are not in a typical family unit so less for you). Not worth busting a blood vessel over when compared to the £7bn clean up bill for our old nuclear plants. BTW what was your way forward for UK energy policy into the future. If it's not a domestic low carbon industry - is it nuclear, fracking, French nuclear, or liquid gas from those champions of human rights - Quatar. What should we be doing?

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    Barney

    Tuesday, June 24, 2014

  • samphirelover As I already partly pay for your electricity, perhaps I could pop round and get your groceries too, or, maybe buy you some dog food?

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    Windless

    Monday, June 23, 2014

  • Since I seem to be the only one on here who has solar panels, I am talking from experience not guesswork. It hasn't cost me anything as we rent out our roof. We pay around £1 a day for our electricity. We've had them about 2 years now and I love them!

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    samphirelover

    Sunday, June 22, 2014

  • It is not and never will be FREE I will pay for it as will every utility bill payer in the country through carbon SUBSIDY on out utility bills Green Energy = Idiocy, every time!

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    Windless

    Sunday, June 22, 2014

  • Notice is says COULD not will. Its just more pie in the sky.

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    Johnny Norfolk

    Sunday, June 22, 2014

  • Great idea..! in years to come every household will have them. Oh apart from the Nimby’s who will be stuck in the past with a wax candle..! LOL

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    YesToWind&Solar

    Sunday, June 22, 2014

  • Come on now, we all no nothing is free, someone always has to pay, somewhere along the line.

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    Vic Sponge

    Sunday, June 22, 2014

  • Aslong as it is to working families only, this is a really good idea

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    Jamie Bell

    Sunday, June 22, 2014

  • I think it's a brilliant idea. Why not use space on roofs to provide energy via the sunlight? If tenants make a reasonable saving that can only be good. W We have solar panels and only pay about a pound a day for our electricity now.

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    samphirelover

    Sunday, June 22, 2014

  • Excuse me Norwich City Labour Council put up my Council Tax last year Can I have some free electricity.No wonder people don't trust them with the economy.Good at spending other peoples money thats more like it.

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    PaulH

    Sunday, June 22, 2014

  • I guess this idea.scheme will be like the cheap North Sea Gas we were promised when gas was found off the Norfolk coast in the 60s Wake up and think about the installation cost etc, nothing is free

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    CC

    Sunday, June 22, 2014

  • This is a good idea but how can it be equitable if only the lucky tenants with the south-facing roofs can benefit? - or will the remainder get a rent reduction?

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    JCW

    Sunday, June 22, 2014

  • More envelopes put in back pockets again, that's the City Hall Way. That place could power the whole of Norwich on one thing they have plenty of and that is a load of B.S

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    che bramley

    Sunday, June 22, 2014

  • Precious few handouts, a paltry publicity move by some Labour power huggers, whilst taxpayers pay large subsidies to rich landowners for the next 25 years, indeed MP's family concerns, for changing good farmin g land into opportunistic solar farms.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Sunday, June 22, 2014

  • Yeah brilliant idea, I have said for ages, it will give the kids with catapults nice big targets to aim for on your roof.. and especially in the areas they are now thinking of installing them.. SMASH !!! lol

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    Footyboy16

    Sunday, June 22, 2014

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