Stoke & Staffordshire

Jobs created through Stoke-on-Trent solar panels plan

Up to 100 jobs are to be created through the installation of new solar panels on about 4,000 council properties in Stoke-on-Trent.

The Labour-led city council signed a £4m agreement with energy provider E.On last September to put the panels on the homes.

About 70 people, 14 trainees and a support team of about 15 will be taken on for the project, the council said.

The jobs aim to "open up" employment opportunities to people in the city.

The roles available include roofers, electricians, stores staff, delivery drivers, scaffolders, customer liaison officers and team leaders, the spokesman added.

Panels on some houses in the city have already been installed.

The joint project saw E.On providing £2.3m while the council investing £1.8m, the council said last year.

Councillor Gwen Hassall, cabinet member for housing and neighbourhoods, said: "The solar panels we have installed so far have been well received by residents and are part of a larger plan to increase fuel efficiency in the city and ensure we are less and less reliant on fossil fuels."

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