1. ITV Report

Oldham to benefit from solar panel scheme

Solar panels Photo: PA

Over 1,000 new jobs are to be created under a £1 billion programme to install solar panels on social housing across England and Wales.

The Government welcomed £60 million of capital spending by Dutch firm Maas Capital, which will help fund solar panels from UK company Solarplicity.

Tenants in the North West will be the biggest beneficiaries with over 290,000 homes receiving solar panels in towns like Oldham, followed by the North East and Midlands.

Around 100,000 households will receive panels in the next 18 months, reducing their energy bills by an average of £240 a year.

Many of the jobs to install and maintain the panels will go to veterans from the armed forces.