Residents celebrate after glaring solar panels taken down in Ailsworth

Residents celebrate the removal of the solar panels
Residents celebrate the removal of the solar panels
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Solar panels which created a blinding glare have been taken down after eight months, prompting celebrations in Ailsworth.

Residents brought out champagne after housing association Cross Keys Homes agreed to take down the panels from the roof of resident Ged Moore in Main Street.

House at Main Street Ailsworth with solar panels. Picture from next door's bedroom window EMN-150303-154106009

House at Main Street Ailsworth with solar panels. Picture from next door's bedroom window EMN-150303-154106009

Mr Moore’s neighbour Anita Ribbons had been fighting to get the panels removed after complaining that the glare from them was so bright that her 12-year-old son could not do his homework and was suffering ill health.

Residents came together on Monday (June 29) to toast having the solar panels removed.

Ms Ribbons said: “It is a huge relief to us the Ribbons family that the glare caused by low sun will no longer be an issue in our son’s bedroom just six metres from the panels.”

A spokeswoman from Cross Keys said: “The PV panels were installed on Mr Moore’s home at his request as part of our city wide installation programme which will save our residents money on their fuel bills and reduce carbon emissions across the city.

“Mr Moore looked forward to the significant potential energy savings and as no planning permission is required for PV panels they were installed.

“They were installed to the front of his home as it was not feasible to install them to the rear. Unfortunately some individuals objected to this on the grounds of their visual appearance.

“Following a local petition from a small group of local people, Mr Moore unfortunately felt he had no option but to request that the panels were removed, which we did, and given his unique and difficult situation we did this at no cost to Mr Moore.

“It is very unfortunate that Mr Moore will not now benefit from the potential savings of up to £500 per year on his energy bills such as are currently enjoyed by over 5,000 Cross Keys Homes’ residents across the city.”

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