Oxford council houses fitted with solar panels

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FIVE council houses have been installed with solar panels in a pilot scheme that could be rolled out across the city.

Oxford City Council said the panels provide free electricity for tenants and income for the council from any surplus power.

Board member for Cleaner Greener Oxford John Tanner said: “The scheme is win-win for all concerned.

“Tenants benefit from free electricity during the daytime and reduced overall energy bills.

“The council receives an income for producing the electricity and selling any surplus back to the grid through the Government’s feed-in tariff scheme.

“The solar panels help to reduce the carbon footprint of the city by generating clean, green power.”

The council has more than 7,500 properties and said tenants should use electrical items in the day to make best use of the panels.

Board member for housing Scott Seamons said: “It is great that these tenants can start to benefit from this fantastic project.

“It is going to help reduce fuel bills, which is an important issue we are facing with electricity costs on the rise.”

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9:28am Mon 7 Apr 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

Would it not be better to install these panels at the various park & ride car parks owned by the city council?

There are 1250 spaces at Redbridge, if just half of those spaces can be arranged to accommodate a solar panel, that would potentially allow 4000-5000Kw of generation.

The additional benefit would be in the summer, cars would be shaded from the sun - saving energy from air conditioning. Likewise in winter a shade would mean less likely to frost - again saving energy.
Would it not be better to install these panels at the various park & ride car parks owned by the city council? There are 1250 spaces at Redbridge, if just half of those spaces can be arranged to accommodate a solar panel, that would potentially allow 4000-5000Kw of generation. The additional benefit would be in the summer, cars would be shaded from the sun - saving energy from air conditioning. Likewise in winter a shade would mean less likely to frost - again saving energy. Andrew:Oxford
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10:43am Mon 7 Apr 14

mytaxes says...

Why council houses? There are many families living in council houses that do not have to rely on benefits and enjoy a good standard of living with more than one member of the family working. Perhaps those receiving the panels have been means tested by the council or are they picked at random? Will they be offering the free panels to those who are owner occupiers?
Why council houses? There are many families living in council houses that do not have to rely on benefits and enjoy a good standard of living with more than one member of the family working. Perhaps those receiving the panels have been means tested by the council or are they picked at random? Will they be offering the free panels to those who are owner occupiers? mytaxes
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