Cornwall Council is investing £15 million in small scale solar energy projects.
The Council said today that it will be installing approximately 1,200 solar panels on Cornwall Council owned land and buildings.
The development of small scale solar installations will take advantage of the Government’s Feed in Tariff which offers subsidies to encourage people to generate renewable energy.
The cabinet of Cornwall Council voted unanimously to approve the investment, which will bring a total income of £47 million over 25 years.
Cabinet also approved the recommendation that the previously proposed large scale Kernow Solar Park be put on hold as the Government’s Feed in Tariff no longer applies to large scale developments.
Julian German, Cornwall Council cabinet member for environment, said: “Cornwall has the finest combination of renewable energy resources anywhere in the UK and we are firmly committed to producing renewable energy where it makes good economic sense.
“By making this sort of investment we will help to ensure energy security, invest in the crucial infrastructure for renewable energy production and encourage other businesses and communities to look at the benefits of producing renewable energy.”
The initial small scale projects will include more than 300 sites including schools, housing, libraries and leisure centres.