Free electricity deal is now thrown into doubt

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PLANS to put solar panels on thousands of council homes in Dacorum to cut electricity bills have been thrown into jeopardy.

A predicted change in government policy could slash the potential income from selling power back to the National Grid, meaning some schemes may be ‘unviable’.

Councillor Andrew Williams, leader of Dacorum Borough Council, said: “It makes a huge difference to the income generation and potentially makes some of the schemes unviable.”

In May the council decided to press ahead with putting solar panels on around 5,000 homes, as well as tower blocks and sheltered housing schemes.