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10,000 Birmingham council homes to get solar panels

10,000 Birmingham council homes to get solar panels
City agrees £100m scheme, partly funded by banks and energy suppliers, to meet target for cutting carbon emissions

Plans to fit power generating solar panels to council-owned properties in Birmingham will be pushed forward this week after the council agreed a "green new deal" scheme covering 10,000 homes.

In the biggest proposal for retrofitting houses through an energy efficiency upgrade yet seen in the UK, the council agreed a £100m proposal last week designed to create jobs and meet the city's ambitious targets for reducing carbon emissions.

The plan – Birmingham Energy Savers – will be jointly funded by Birmingham council and investment from energy suppliers and commercial banks, and follows two successful pilot schemes conducted in Europe's biggest local authority.
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The council, run by a Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition, has been working on the idea of a Birmingham "green new deal" for the past year following the commitment made in 2006 to cut carbon emissions by 60% by 2026.

Full article here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/oct/03/birmingham-solar-panel...