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Havering could become first London borough to introduce solar parks to make money

PUBLISHED: 10:22 02 August 2016 | UPDATED: 10:23 02 August 2016

Solar parks could be introduced to Havering Picture: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Images

Solar parks could be introduced to Havering Picture: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Images

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The summer sunshine may soon bring more than just good vibes to the borough as proposed solar parks could be installed to generate extra income.

Havering could become the first London borough to produce renewable energy on a large scale to make money, which would be used to protect and improve frontline services, if the proposal goes ahead.

The land where the solar parks could be constructed will be under-used space and have very little effect on the community.

The energy produced would be clean and sustainable, and could potentially save up to 20per cent on electricity bills for residents, schools and businesses.

Plants and insects such as wild flowers, butterflies and bees would also benefit from the proposal.

Part of Havering Council’s proposal is to work alongside beekeepers to promote healthy honeybee populations, as well as Britain’s rare bumblebees, in and around the solar parks.

Cllr Osman Dervish, cabinet member for the environment said: “Building solar parks to generate both power and money, is an idea which I support as not only would Havering be leading the way for solar power in the capital, it would more importantly be providing the council with a significant and regular income to maintain and fund future services.

“Of course, there must be full public consultation, so we fully appreciate the views of local residents and businesses.”

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