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October 14, 2011 10:10 AM

Southampton's Liberal Democrat councillors have welcomed an announcement that city schools are to be fitted with solar panels.

This follows on from a proposal put to the Council in September 2010 by former Lib Dem Councillor John Slade, supported by Councillor Gerry Drake, calling on the Council to install micro-generation technologies wherever possible on Council-owned properties, reducing the city's carbon footprint and taking advantage of the announcement by Lib Dem Secretary of State for the Environment, Chris Huhne M.P., of favourable terms for those feeding alternative energy into the National Grid.

Southampton Lib Dem Environment Spokesperson, Cllr Gerry Drake says: 'I am delighted the Council is acting on our proposals. This is good news for our schools and our young people, good news for the city's green credentials, and good news for the Council's energy bill.'