Way back in 2011 Exeter Greens were calling for Exeter City Council to install solar electricity panels on its buildings, so you can imagine the glee they are feeling now that the council has decided to do just that.
Of course, if the solar panels had been fitted two years ago, like the Greens suggested in the first place, there would be an ever better return on the solar investment., they say.
On to their website, Exeter Green Party policy officer and Devon County Council candidate for St David’s and St James [psst, there's an election on the way], Andrew Bell said: “It is great to see that Exeter Labour are finally getting the message about renewable energy and catching up with many businesses, homeowners and community groups who have seen the savings to be made by exploiting the power of the sun.
“We pointed out several years ago that utilising council property and premises to generate electricity from solar panels would reduce energy costs and generate an income for the city council through exporting electricity to the grid; an income which could also have helped reduce the need for cuts to jobs and services.
“The rates of return from the feed-in tariff for photovoltaic panels fitted today are lower than they were for panels fitted a couple of years ago. It just goes to show how important the progressive and forward-looking approach of the Green Party is.”
But then again it could be that the Greens are a little late too.
‘The decision to spend money on the panels was taken by the city’s chief executive Philip Bostock in consultation with city council leader Pete Edwards,’ according thisisexeter, way back in January 2013.