Worthing’s Cabinet agreed last night (Tuesday June 12th) to pursue cheap solar panel deals for Worthing residents. The idea was proposed by Northbrook Councillor Keith Sunderland.
The Joint Strategic Committee (effectively Adur District Council and Worthing Borough Council Cabinets combined) were discussing a report seeking approval for solar renewable energy systems on three Council properties, Portland House, Worthing Leisure Centre and the Assembly Hall, when Keith made his interjection.
Keith suggested combining the procurement of the solar energy systems with obtaining a discounted rate on solar panels for Worthing residents. Newly appointed Worthing Cabinet Member for Resources Dan Humphreys reacted positively to the suggestion and the Cabinet agreed to pursue the idea. The solar renewable energy systems on the three Council properties were approved.
Liberal Democrat Councillor Keith said: “I was very pleased that Cllr Dan Humphreys took forward my suggestion to investigate whether the Council could use their buying power to obtain preferential terms for Worthing residents on Solar Panels and Heat pumps. A good example of cross party working.”
Earlier in the meeting the Cabinet agreed to progress the Collective Fuel Switching proposed by Cllr Hazel Thorpe at a recent Council meeting. The collective fuel switching involves the Council conducting a reverse auction with energy suppliers to get the best bulk deal for Worthing residents.