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Liverpool Council Scraps Plans to fit around 4,000 Homes with Solar Panels
- Published: Wednesday, 01 February 2012 10:48
The move means thousands of city families will face higher fuel bills than expected and push many into “fuel poverty”, while more than £1.5m of investment will be scrapped.
And thousands more who work in the growing green sector in the region could also see their jobs at risk.
The decision of the government to slash the subsidy “feed-in tariff” – will not only impact on the major housing association in the city, but will also prove a setback to smaller housing co-operatives who want to renovate houses earmarked for demolition.
Housing association LMH, which is involved in the Project Viridis fitting programme with the council, will see the rate of subsidy go down from 43.3p per panel to just 16.8p.
City environment cabinet member Cllr Tim Moore said the government’s cut was a major blow for the city.
He added: “Cutting the tariff is a double whammy for Liverpool. Together with our partners, we had put together an exciting and pioneering scheme to fit solar panels in social housing, which had the potential to remove hundreds of families from fuel poverty by slashing heating bills.
“It will also have a devastating impact on the firms that are part of Liverpool’s green revolution.
“The sector employs almost 1,400 people in Merseyside and was gearing up for a major expansion which would have created training and employment opportunities for many people.”
LMH chief executive Steve Coffey said he remained positive despite the setback: “The changes to the feed-in tariff rate will make it more difficult for Project Viridis to deliver the returns on the investment planned but there is still a demand and opportunities are available.”
Source: Liverpool Echo
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