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County puts its faith in a sunlit future; Solar panels to go on homes and schools in pounds 7m project.

Byline: Dave Black

SOLAR panels are to be fitted to more than 500 homes, schools and other public buildings in Northumberland in a bid to cut costs and protect the environment.

The programme will cost pounds 7m, money the county council hopes to quickly recoup by selling excess energy to the national grid.

Photovoltaic panels will be fitted to the roofs of 400 council-owned houses and about 130 schools and other buildings.

This week the council's executive agreed to give the programme the green light and sanction the borrowing required to pay for it.

Executive member for planning, housing and regeneration, Tom Brechany, said: "We have chosen to invest pounds 7m in this Government-subsidised prudential borrowing Full story scheme so that we can reap the financial and energy saving benefits for the county in the future."

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Title Annotation:News; Front Page
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:May 11, 2011
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