Solar panels bring free electricity for residents

HUNDREDS of residents in south east Northumberland will benefit from free electricity after being fitted with solar panels.

Up to 400 tenants have received letters from Homes for Northumberland, which manages and maintains housing on behalf of Northumberland County Council, letting them know that their homes will be kitted out with solar panels as part of a project to tackle carbon emissions and reduce energy costs.

Coun Tom Brechany, executive member for housing, said: “The council is committed to reducing carbon emissions across Northumberland and the installation of the Solar PV on council owned homes and properties will make a major contributions to this.

“The project will help residents keep their energy costs down while also supporting the local economy by creating jobs for local people.”

Andrea Trask, of Elsdon Drive, Seaton Delaval, is the first tenant to have solar panels fitted on her roof.

She said. “I am delighted to be the first tenant to have solar panels installed and to be part of this fantastic project.

“At a time when energy prices are on the rise, this will make a real difference.”