Solar power

Solar project could lower householders' bills

BBC Radio Devon

Future residents of a new housing estate in Devon could benefit from lower energy bills, as a result of a new project.

Solar panels

The new estate is being built at Clay Park in Dartington and all the houses' electricity will be generated by solar panels on the site.

Of the 31 eco-homes, 70% will be affordable and shares will be offered in the energy scheme which has been given a grant of £30,000 by the South West Energy Hub.

Totnes Renewable Energy Society (Tresoc) which is running the project, intends to raise the capital to install the solar PV panels, microgrid, and operating system, estimated to cost £180,000, through a community share-offer.

Sally Murrall-Smith of Tresoc said: "It's a big learning curve to be able to give a decent return to shareholders.

"But it's exciting to prove that we can do this and make renewable energy affordable for everyone."