Residents in Longtown who claim to have been driven into fuel poverty by inflated bills after the fitting of solar panels have formed an action group.
Two years ago Riverside Housing Association, who own the properties, installed a new heating system linked to the solar panels to reduce fuel bills for the residents. Instead, many saw a rise in the cost of their bills.
Around 60 tenants claim that their landlord, the Riverside Housing Association, has failed to act on their complaints after spending two years with the new heating systems.
Last month the residents wrote to Local Government Minister, Eric Pickles, to move forward with their unresolved issue.
Riverside say they are dealing with the matter and have been co-operating with the tenants.
In a statement, Riverside housing Association said it takes the concerns of these residents "extremely seriously" and has looked into the problem to improve the insulation of the properties.
The company said some of the higher costs have been due to people using the system incorrectly and that since they've been working with tenants on a one to one basis, costs have been "significantly reduced."
Before the new systems were installed many residents used coal fires to heat their homes. Riverside said:
"In upgrading our tenants’ heating systems Riverside are supporting a national drive to replace coal fires with cleaner and safer alternatives. We are continuing to work with tenants to help them get the full benefit of the new systems."_
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When Riverside Housing Association fitted solar panels to almost 200 homes in Longtown they thought it would be an energy efficient scheme popular with everyone, but as Katie Hunter reports that hasn't been the case: