Birmingham City Council has announced a plan to investigate ways of generating electricity to sell to residents as well as to the National Grid, signalling a possible expansion of infrastructure which could benefit the construction industry.
The council wants to take advantage of a recent government decision to support “feed-in tariffs”, which allow local authorities to sell surplus renewable energy to the UK power supply at a pre-agreed price.
Deputy council leader Paul Tilsley said: “We currently spend in excess of £25M per annum on energy. The freedom to reduce this now exists and we should be maximising feed-in tariffs to their full potential.
“If we were to install solar panels to generate green energy on schools, leisure centres and other community buildings this would generate 31p per kilowatt hour.”
At the moment councils supply just 0.01% of total UK energy demand.