Stoke & Staffordshire

Stoke-on-Trent solar panel plans cut

Plans to install thousands of solar panels on council buildings in Stoke-on-Trent have been scaled back after government funding cuts.

In August the city's Labour-led council announced a £4m joint project with energy company E.On to attach solar panels to 4,000 properties.

E.On said about 550 buildings would now have panels installed.

About 100 jobs associated with the project are also expected to be cut after January.

Some council tenants will also be affected.

'Victim of success'

People living in council-owned homes with solar panels were expected to save about £100 on their utility bills.

The cut-backs follow the government's decision earlier this month to cut the feed-in subsidy for electricity generated by renewable sources.

This means new projects will receive 15.2p per kWh of electricity produced, compared with 32.9p for projects operating before 12 December.

The government said the feed-in scheme had been a victim of its own success.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council said the cut-backs would not affect its plans to reduce carbon emissions by 30% over the next five years.

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