Let the sun shine in.

Fish in hot water for solar energy launch

Published:  12 June, 2009

EASTBOURNE: Weather man Michael Fish jumped into a warm bubble bath to launch …

East Sussex Energy Partnership's solar energy campaign to give away free and heavily discounted solar panels for heating water. 

Mr Fish, soaked in a tub in the Sunrise Suite at The Waterside Hotel in Eastbourne. He said: "This area of the south coast has high levels of sunshine hours every year. East Sussex Energy Partnership is enabling residents who might not otherwise be able to afford solar water heating panels to cash in on this sunny advantage.

ESEP is made up of four councils – Eastbourne Borough Council, Hastings Borough Council, Rother District Council and Wealden District Council. They have united to deliver Government-funded grants to homes in East Sussex.

By installing home renewable energy systems, such as solar power, for free or at a heavily discounted rate, they are helping people fight fuel poverty and increase energy efficiency. Using the sun to heat water can help households save up to £95 a year on fuel bills.

Hastings Borough Council Leader, Councillor Peter Pragnell, said: "If we can reduce fuel poverty and energy consumption with something as everyday as heating our household water, as many people as possible should take part. East Sussex Energy Partnership is making these solar energy systems available to people who might otherwise never have bought them."

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