Green house raises roof!

Solar house'The house on Ryndle Walk with its solar panels.'Picture by Neil Silk  114611a

Solar house'The house on Ryndle Walk with its solar panels.'Picture by Neil Silk 114611a

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IS this Scarborough’s greenest house?

The owner of the property in Ryndle Walk certainly seems to have seen the light when it comes to energy consumption after fitting huge solar panels to its roof.

The 14 panels were put up around a month ago by owner Carol Towner, who said she had already reaped the benefits from the changes.

Ms Towner, who has owned the house for four years, said: “I did it for financial reasons but we have always been an eco-friendly family, run an alternative fuel car and recycle a lot too.

“Living by green values is a personal thing, but I have always been keen on not wasting things and being as cost efficient as possible and chose to use a Scarborough firm to support the local industry too.”

The move comes as the Government cut its feed-in tariff system by 50 per cent for anyone installing solar panels.

Officials have announced that only installations completed by December 12 will get full payments.

The feed-in tariffs are applicable to installations of up to 4kW, which used to attract a generation rate of 43.3p per kWh.

However, under the new proposals, a 21p rate will be set for all installations carried out after December 12.

A Government spokesperson defended the plans, adding it stood by its pledge to be the greenest Government.

She added: “We are taking action to ensure that the scheme stays within budget, and to put the solar industry on a steady path.”