Solar panels and renewable energy

Renewable energy is generated from resources which cause little or no pollution and are naturally replenished such as:

  • Sunlight (using solar panels)
  • Heat from the earth, the air or water sources 
  • Plants grown for fuel (biomass or biofuels
  • The movement of water (known as hydro)
  • Wind

Installing renewable energy technology such as solar thermal and solar PV panels in your home means that not only do you benefit from free electricity and heating, you can also take advantage of the government’s financial incentives such as the Feed in Tariff (FIT) and the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). For more information on renewable energy visit the Energy Savings Trust website or the Ofgem website.

Energise Barnsley

Through our Energise Barnsley scheme we’re aiming to install solar panels on 5000 of our council homes. So far we have fitted 321 free solar panels to council homes saving tenants an average of £130 to £150 per year from their energy bills.

Even if you’re not a council tenant, you can still get involved by investing in our community share offer.

Visit the Energise Barnsley website for more information.

Community applications

Individuals and groups can apply for funding from the pot of money that is generated from the surplus profits of the community fund. You can apply online and there is a criteria to meet for you to be eligible for consideration.