|Cllr Andrew Cooper discussing the 2000 house solar programme with Green Party Baroness Jenny Jones|
Councillor Andrew Cooper, Leader of the Greens on Kirklees Council said,
"The proposal we are putting forward would have no impact on the Council Tax. We are proposing that the solar panels would be installed using Housing Revenue Account reserves These are ringfenced funds for Council properties which cannot be legally be used for anything other than the maintenance of Council housing"
" The capital costs of solar panels have come down significantly in recent years making this a more viable proposition. The Feed In Tarrif for solar electricity that a scheme such as this would attract will mean that the costs for the project will be completely paid back within 12 years. Council Tenants would get the benefit of the electricity off the roof. An average 2kWp solar installation would generate at least 1600 units of electricity a year the equivalent of £240 saving off the average electricity bill. For people on a low income this is a very significant saving."
"What this proposal would mean is that the Council would see a return on its investment within12 years, householders would have cheaper fuel bills and more electricity will be generated from clean renewable sources."
Green Party Peer Baroness Jenny Jones who was visiting Huddersfield to discuss the project said,
"This is a terrific idea. People around the country look to many of the initiatives coming from the GreenParty in Kirklees. What the Greens propose in Kirklees today is what other Councils will be copying tomorrow"
Peru, the 39th richest country in the world is pursuing a programme to provide solar energy for 2 million of its poorest people. The UK is the 7th richest country in the world.