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Mansfield District Council to help reduce residents' energy costs

Mansfield District Council has unveiled revised plans to help residents reduce their fuel bills.

A new project to convert 3,900 council-owned properties will bring renewable energy and cheaper heating bills to residents - and possibly be made available to private homes.

Cllr Barry Answer, Portfolio Holder for Housing at Mansfield District Council, said "We are trying hard to help residents reduce their energy costs and converting to cheaper renewable energy will mean that they could have more money in their pocket. Solar energy is also a more environmentally-friendly option for heating our homes."

A similar project was considered in 2016 but was halted due to a change in central government funding. "We are pleased to bring the project back to the table for review and look forward to bringing real benefit to our tenants and the wider community," Cllr Answer added.

The proposals being considered could see residents saving more than £200 on their annual household energy bills. Those who sign up would benefit from free LED light bulbs for as long as they stay on the scheme, adding extra savings. The electricity generated through the scheme would be cheaper than the supply provided by the larger energy suppliers in the region. If a tenant who has signed up finds a cheaper electricity deal elsewhere, the scheme will match the cheaper price.

The council is planning to appoint a community energy partner this year to deliver the project across the district. The energy partner would install the new system to residents' homes at no cost to them or the council. The community energy scheme means that it is not just those properties suitable for panels which will benefit, as everyone signing up to the scheme will realise similar savings. Residents will be contacted with details of the offer by the summer.

The community energy proposal was reviewed by the council's Overview and Scrutiny Committee on 23 January and Mansfield District Council plans to formally launch the project later in the year.

Published on Friday 26 January 2018.

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