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Lib Dems Welcome Tory U-Turn on Solar Panels

January 17, 2014 5:00 PM
Solar Panels

The Tories have dropped their previous hostility to installing solar panels on County Council buildings.

The Tory-run County Council has announced plans to invest in green energy by installing solar panels on County Council buildings. The announcement showed a large contrast from last year's budget meeting when they rejected similar plans from the Liberal Democrats.

Liberal Democrat leader Simon Galton said, "This announcement is a surprise to us, as last time we proposed solar panels be installed on Council property the Tories were very hostile to it.

At the time they refused to listen, but perhaps the need to make such savings has forced them to become a bit more open minded."

The proposals are for £1m of investment in various energy saving measures, including 600 solar panels on Council properties, energy efficiency improvements to the building and installation of a biomass boiler at County Hall. The Liberal Democrats will be pushing to see if even more can be done.

"This is a good start but we can't rest on our laurels. The County Council needs to continue to find efficiency savings to protect vital services and climate change represents a threat to our very way of life

We will be investigating to see what further measures can be taken to save taxpayer money through green investment."