450 homes in Bracknell now have solar panelsBy Jennie Slevin
February 25, 2013
Eco-warriors in Bracknell Forest have reached a fantastic milestone by installing solar panels on 450 homes.
Feed-in tariffs, which offer generous payments to those generating their own energy, were introduced in 2010.
The tariff pays the homeowner for every unit of electricity made by the panels, plus dividends for any solar electricity used by National Grid.
The solar photovoltaic (PV) panels convert energy from the sun into a direct current to become electricity for household use.
Councillor Dorothy Hayes, Bracknell Forest Council’s executive member for environment, said: “Solar panels are becoming a familiar sight on the roofs of houses around Bracknell Forest.
“It is encouraging that so many local residents are investing in renewable energy and reducing their impact on the environment.”
The panels continue to generate electricity in winter, even on overcast days. Since the feed-in tariffs were introduced, the cost of solar PV panels has decreased and the monetary rewards have been adjusted, but the council believes the panels are still a very good investment.
For more information visit Your Energy Matters, 4 Charles Square, Bracknell town centre or call Hazel Hill on (01344) 352 000.