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Solar panels on Corby's council houses

Solar power aim for council homes

Council houses in Corby could be fitted with solar panels which generate electricity.

The borough council is in talks with utility companies about installing photovoltaic cells on roofs of properties as early as spring 2011.

It would mean free electricity during the day for the residents.

Corby Borough Council is hoping to become the first of Northamptonshire's local authorities to do this on a large scale.

This was made possible because the government recently allowed local authorities to sell renewable electricity generated on their land.

The utility company would also benefit from the government's feed-in tariffs for renewable energy.

Corby Borough Council's Chief Executive, Chris Mallender said: "It's one of those deals that sounds too good to be true but in truth it's part of the push to generate more electricity from renewables and reduce carbon."

The council is also talking to other utility companies and taking a look at other areas that have adopted similar ideas.

It will have a full report to present to its board in September.

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