Greater than 30,000 houses in Portsmouth may have photo voltaic panels put in on roofs

“/>A new tool will help people in Portsmouth find out if they are allowed to install solar panels on their roofs.A new tool will help people in Portsmouth find out if they are allowed to install solar panels on their roofs.

The city council will introduce an online assessment tool called “Switched On Solar” that will let residents know if their homes are eligible for solar panels.

It is then hoped that government grants made through the council’s house energy support service can help cover some of the installation costs.

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Andrew Waggott, the agency’s energy services team manager, told a cabinet meeting of Portsmouth City Council: “It’s a bespoke tool for anyone who wants to see the solar panels in their homes.

“We think that is really quite a market leader.”

Council officials reported that up to 32,000 homes in Portsmouth would be eligible for solar panel installation.

Alderman Darren Sanders, the councilor’s apartment manager, said: “The work that is being put forward gives people the opportunity to have solar panels on their roofs. This means that we have to make our city greener.

“Our air is too dirty, our streets are too clogged. Everyone has to do their part to make sure the city is cleaner. ‘

The tool would be part of the work of the household energy company, which is also aiming to make households in the city more energy efficient through Switched On Portsmouth.

Last year, an estimated 400 households realized savings of £ 330,000 in the first six months of running Switched On.

It comes after the local council installed 3,500 solar panels on communal land between 2019 and 2020, adding to the 20,000 installed in 2019.

Cllr Lee Hunt added: “We are turning Portsmouth into a solar farm. This is huge stuff. ‘

In October 2020, the council successfully applied for £ 1.8m from the government to support the supply of solid wall insulation, air source heat pumps and heating controls for private properties.

It has now submitted a government offer for £ 4 million for houses with solar panels.

During the Cabinet meeting, the agreed officials should continue to apply for as many grants as possible and consider the possibility of providing low-cost loans to households to improve energy efficiency.

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