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Energy price cut threatens hundreds of jobs

Industry bosses warn the regions renewable energy sector is at risk after price cut. Credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Hundreds of jobs are under threat across the West Country after the Government announced it wants to cut the amount of money householders are paid for the electricity their solar panels generate.

Industry bosses warn the region's renewable energy sector is at risk by a proposal to slash the price from 12.5 pence per kilowatt hour to just 1.6 pence.


£47 million solar panel project starts in Bristol

Solar panels are to be fitted to the roofs of 1,000 council homes in Bristol Credit: ITV News West Country

A £47 million project to install solar panels on rooftops of homes in Bristol gets underway today.

The four year project could save council tenants up to £260 a year on their electricity bills.

The first phase of the scheme will see panels fitted to 1,000 council homes, 50 blocks of flats and 16 public and private buildings.

Plans submitted for solar park in Wroughton

A solar park could be built in Wroughton Credit: Swindon Commercial Services Ltd

Plans for a solar park in Wroughton have been submitted to Swindon Borough Council.

Swindon Commercial Services Ltd are proposing to build it to address local renewable energy requirements within the administrative area of Swindon Borough Council.

The new facility will be located at The Science Museum at Wroughton, Swindon.

An Environmental Impact Assessment will be prepared to accompany the planning application.

An exhibition to display the initial proposals for the site was held on Saturday 26th January 2013 at the Ellendune Community Centre, Barrett Way, Wroughton.

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Solar power runs Met Office supercomputer

The largest supercomputer in the UK is now being run on solar power generated electricity. It requires the biggest array of roof top panels to be found in the West Country. It will generate enough power for 67 homes.

The computer it will power at the Met Office in Exeter predicts the effects of climate change. Weather bosses say it's a business decision but it comes after much criticism of the agency for its own carbon footprint. Seth Conway reports.