Solar Panels Results in £0 Electricity Bill for Gateshead Pensioner
By Katie Anderson on June 22, 2011
A tenant in Gateshead who recently moved into her new home was shocked when she received her first electricity bill and discovered she had nothing to pay.
Pensioner Grace Quinn moved into her brand new two-bedroomed bungalow in Kibblesworth, Gateshead last September. The property, which was built by Frank Haslam Milan (FHM) North East on behalf of The Gateshead Housing Company, features six solar PV panels. Although Mrs Quinn was aware that the installation of the solar panels would help her to save money, the news came as something of a shock, albeit a nice one.
“I was shocked – I had been to meetings while the house was being built and had been told about the solar panels and that they would help me save money but I never expected to have nothing to pay,” said Mrs Quinn.
“The winter before last, I spent £280 on gas and for the same time this year I only paid £35,” she added.
Solar PV panels collect solar radiation from the sun and converts that energy into electricity. A solar PV system can reduce your energy bills, and can result in householders paying nothing, or even making money by selling any unused energy back to the grid via the Government feed-in-tariff (FIT) scheme.
Published by Katie Anderson on June 22nd, 2011