Free or very cheap electricity could be provided to residents in York under a solar energy scheme.
The York Press reported that council homes could be fitted with solar panels under a multi-million pound initiative, which would see those living in the properties saving around 25 per cent on their cheap energy bills.
Councillor Ann Reid, executive member for neighbourhoods and housing, told the newspaper: "This is a really exciting proposal as it will see more than £7 million invested in bringing cheaper electricity to people in areas of high fuel poverty and will also help to reduce the city's carbon emissions.
"The proposed deal is especially interesting, not only as it would not cost the council anything but because it would actually generate an income and could also fund community projects," she added.
Funds from the government would set up the project and profits from the green electricity generation would go some way to pay for other environmental schemes in the city.
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