ONE thousand social housing homes across Barnsley will benefit from solar panels over the next 18 months, a report has revealed.

Thanks to funding schemes, a total of 300 council-owned properties across the borough have already benefited from installations of solar energy, new batteries and smart meters and plans.

A total of 16 energy-efficient homes have also been built at Billingley View in Bolton-upon-Dearne.

And a report has revealed a further 1,000 council houses will also benefit from the latest scheme.

It said: “Energise Barnsley and Berneslai Homes are preparing for a solar PV project in Barnsley and the surrounding areas that will entail installing solar PV onto 1,000 social housing homes over the next 18 months.

“As part of this programme of works, a community bond will be raised, and the new model will generate a surplus which goes into a community pot.

“Projects supported to date include battery installations, LED provision to sports facilities, energy advice clinics, charity food banks, and healthy eating schemes.”

Funding worth £1.82m has also been secured to upgrade 221 private sector properties with energy efficiency measures.

Whilst £4.2m has been received from the Department for Work and Pensions to support local residents with their food, energy and other essential household costs.