A scheme to make cheap solar electricity widely available to households in Lichfield has been hailed a success.
The Solar 500 initiative was launched by the Whittington and Fisherwick Environment Group (WFEG) and Low Carbon Lichfield (LoCaL) in April and has already seen 20 households sign up to have solar panels installed.
Robin Taylor, chair of LoCaL, said:
“We are facing a triple whammy of rising energy prices, more imported fossil fuels and climate change. Solar power is a source of vast sources of energy which can help to make us less dependent on imports and more self-reliant while reducing damaging carbon emissions.”
More homes are being urged to sign up to the scheme and an open meeting will take place on July 14 at 7.30pm at Wade Street Church Hall. The meeting will allow interested homeowners to ask questions about the scheme, which sees a six-panel solar PV system available to purchase for less than £5,000.
The two groups say the Government’s Feed-in-Tariff for owners means the solar panels could recoup their costs in six to eight years, with homeowners continuing to earn for a total of 25 years.
Lichfield District Council leader Cllr Mike Wilcox said:
“It is very heartening to see our community organisations taking this initiative in such an important field. We are producing our council carbon reduction plan and we believe that the community has a huge role to play in tackling the need to reduce carbon emissions and fossil fuel use.”
For more information on the scheme contact Mike Kinghan on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01543 432238.