Jeremy Corbyn and Rebecca Long Bailey announce plans to reduce energy bills by installing solar panels on nearly two million homes
Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party, and Rebecca Long Bailey, Shadow Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Secretary, will set out radical plans to fit one and three quarter million homes with electricity-generating solar panels as part of Labour’s Green Industrial Revolution on a visit to Yorkshire tomorrow (Thursday).
Labour’s plans will fit solar panels on a million social homes and those of low-income households to tackle fuel poverty, provide them with free energy and save an average of £117 a year on their bills, which could rise to £270 for retired households. Any unused electricity generated by the programme will be used by the national grid, which Labour will take into public ownership, raising an additional £66m per year for local authorities.
Labour will enable the installation of solar panels on an additional 750,000 homes through a programme of interest free loans, grants and changes to regulations.
Labour estimates its policy will create 16,900 jobs and save 7.1 million tonnes of CO2, equivalent to taking 4 million cars off the UK’s roads.
Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party, said:
“In this country, too often people are made to feel like the cost of saving the planet falls on them. Too many think of green measures as just another way for companies or the government to get money out of them, while the rich fly about in private jets and heat their empty mansions.
“Labour’s approach is different. Our Green Industrial Revolution will benefit working class people with cheaper energy bills, more rewarding well-paid jobs, and new industries to revive the parts of our country that have been held back for far too long.
“By focusing on low income households we will reduce fuel poverty and increase support for renewable energy. Social justice and climate justice as one. Environmental destruction and inequality not only can, but must be tackled at the same time.”