Stoke & Staffordshire

Solar panels for 1,000 Stoke-on-Trent homes

Solar panels will be fitted on up to 1,000 homes in Stoke-on-Trent.

The city council has signed a £4m agreement with energy provider E.On to put the panels on council and privately-owned houses.

The first panels will be installed on 54 council properties over the next few months.

Council leader Mohammed Pervez said nowhere else in the country had made such a strong commitment to using sustainable energy.

As well as the panels, houses in Northwood, Birches Head and Middleport, will also be given external wall insulation and other energy saving measures.

E.On is providing £2.3m while the council is investing £1.8m.

An E.On spokesman said everyone had a part to play when it came to lowering energy bills.

"If we can work together as a community , as a town or as a city, if we can build energy efficient into our everyday lives - homes, businesses, how we travel, how we shop - then we can all become 'energy fit' and really start to make a difference," he said.

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