Solar farm could be built in Stockton to help cut fuel poverty - The Leamington Observer

Solar farm could be built in Stockton to help cut fuel poverty

Leamington Editorial 25th Jan, 2017   0

A SOLAR farm looks set to be built in Stockon in a bid to help slash fuel bills and poverty.

The four acre former landfill site off Rugby Road is just one proposed by Warwickshire County Council (WCC) to help meet new plans to reduce energy costs.

They are also looking at sites in Barford, Rugby, Ryton Pools and opposite Shipston High School.

The council plans to work alongside an energy company to offer cheaper options than those offered by the big six firms such as British Gas, nPower and ScottishPower.

WCC cabinet members recently approved the plans, which if given the green light by the planning committee at Warwick District Council will see a £500,000 solar farm built in Stockton on land which is currently used to graze horses.

Councillors expect to make some £4.5 million return on the farms during the 30 year span of the project.

Coun Matt Western, who spearheaded the plans, told the Observer: “Having first proposed the Warwickshire Energy Plan over two years ago, I’m delighted this decision has finally been taken. Everyone in our community should benefit greatly from this plan as it will lead to lower electricity and gas prices across the local market.

“For many years the big six energy companies have been taking advantage of customers through opaque tariff choices while stifling competition in the market – keeping prices high and not fully passing on wholesale savings when the price of gas and electricity has gone down.

“Soon residents in Warwickshire will have another choice, one which should save all households a significant amount of money each year.

“The ambitious plan aims also to eliminate fuel poverty which affects almost 30,000 households in Warwickshire. This will go a long way in helping to deliver that.

“It now needs the support of district and borough councils to make it viable and it is hoped that this will be achieved in the coming months.”

The not-for-profit project would see the council work with an energy supplier to offer cheaper gas and electricity. Together they would create their own brand – which councillors suggest could be ‘Warwickshire Energy’.

Councillors also say the introduction of the plans would create jobs and the competition could drive down other tariffs in the area.

If the plans are given the go-ahead work should start early next year.


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