HUNDREDS of South Tynesiders will be given the chance to go green and cut their energy bills, thanks to a £700,000 solar power project.
Renewable energy company Opus Green is to fit 200 homes in the borough with solar panels on behalf of South Tyneside Homes and South Tyneside Council.
The work will involve more than 2,000 solar panels being installed at homes in South Shields, Jarrow and Hebburn by September.
South Tyneside Homes is currently assessing which homes would be most suitable.
Chris Cassells, managing director of Opus Green, said householders would notice a significant drop in their energy bills. He said: “The solar panels will generate free electricity during the day and make a huge difference to householders.
“The project is an ideal way for South Tyneside Council and South Tyneside Homes to tackle fuel poverty in the borough.
“It’s not just about reducing bills. The panels will also help the council and South Tyneside Homes reduce their carbon footprint in the borough. The project will save more than 200 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year.”
The firm will appoint a tenant liaison officer to ensure the project runs smoothly.
It will also take on eight extra employees to help with installation.
Coun Allan West, lead member for housing and transport at the council, said: “Tenants will notice a real difference, as they will be able to use the free electricity generated during the daytime and benefit from reduced overall fuel bills.”