Cash Up for Grabs for Renewable Energy
Published Tuesday 6th March 12
Up to £500 is available to help Ribble Valley households install renewable energy systems.
Stuart Hirst, chairman of Ribble Valley Borough Council's health and housing committee, said: "Over half of the properties in Ribble Valley have no gas supply and are dependent on unregulated sources of fuel, such as oil or coal, to heat their homes.
"But modern technology has progressed to the point where we can now abstract heat from the ground and air, and warm water using natural light.
"The council is committed to helping residents make the switch to renewable energy, which is environmentally friendly and free!"
Read householder Tony Seaford installed solar panels for hot water four years ago and the panels have proved so effective that he has now installed further solar panels to fuel his whole house.
"The hot water panels are so effective that they will pay for themselves in five years. I have now installed further panels and as a result am using forty per cent less gas, and selling electricity back to the national grid.
"Solar panels are a no-brainer and should be incorporated into the specifications of all new buildings."
Former engineer Tony said even in bad weather the panels generated energy, resulting in savings on domestic fuel bills of around £400 a year.
Applications for the grants must be made by March 31 and further details are available from the council's housing officer, John Barber, on 01200 413235.
Pic cap: Sunny side up - Read householder Tony Seaford is pictured left with Stuart Hirst, chairman of Ribble Valley Borough Council's health and housing committee.
Date: March 6 2012.