Birmingham gets a “Green New Deal”

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Good news today, reported by the Guardian:

Plans to fit power generating solar panels to council-owned properties in Birmingham will be pushed forward this week after the council agreed a "green new deal" scheme covering 10,000 homes.

This is in no small part due to the astonishing campaigning work undertaken by my Green New Deal and Finance for the Future colleague Colin Hines, who has worked tirelessly for this.

As the Guardian notes:

The plan — Birmingham Energy Savers — will be jointly funded by Birmingham council and investment from energy suppliers and commercial banks, and follows two successful pilot schemes conducted in Europe's biggest local authority.

Paul Tilsley, deputy leader of Birmingham city council, said: "Birmingham Energy Savers offers a fantastic opportunity for residents and businesses to cut carbon pollution, and save themselves thousands of pounds by reducing future bills. This scheme will significantly improve the lives of people in Birmingham, setting a green standard beyond that of any city in the world."

It’s taken seven years to get to this stage.

I’m delighted.