13 Aug 2022

Alliance candidate urges Council to help people install domestic solar panels

Philip McKinney
Derry City and Strabane District Council has been urged by Alliance Party candidate for Waterside, Philip McKinney, to copy the lead of Suffolk Council, England, and help residents instal solar panels on their houses.
According to the Alliance candidate Suffolk Council’s group buying scheme has reduced the average price by 20 percent. This makes it easier for householders to move towards eco-friendly home heating  -  and away from harmful fossil fuels.
“I got news of this from a Derry woman living in Ipswich. She used the group buying scheme and has just had the solar panels fitted to her home”.
“It’s not magic. Tens of thousands of families in Netherlands and Belgium have already done this.   With Council co-ordination here, householders could fit them now.  In 10 years time, they have paid for themselves.
“Our Council’s ‘Green Infrastructure Framework’ is a great step forward.
“If the Group Installing of solar panels idea can be effective here, it will be WIN-WIN-WIN: win for the environment, win for the households; and win for the solar panel companies.
“Better environment.  Cheaper for householders.   More work for solar panel companies.  It’s Win-Win-Win”, said McKinney.

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