Midlothian Council scoops green accolade

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Midlothian Council has topped a league table focusing on the use of renewable power.

The local authority’s use of solar panels on its latest affordable housing developments has pushed it to 1st place in the Scottish National Renewables League 2012/13 category for heat pumps and solar photovoltaic panels.

Councillor Jim Bryant (SNP), cabinet portfolio holder for economic development, said: “Being green pays off in all sorts of ways. We’re proud of our house-building and even more proud that experts in this field can see how much effort we’re putting into the design of these homes to ensure they are warm, attractive and cost-effective to live in.”

Councillor Bryant was presented with a certificate at the awards in Glasgow by Alyn Smith MEP.

The council was one the first in Scotland to take action and address the shortage of affordable housing by building more homes.

It has committed £108 million to a first phase which was completed in August 2012, with a total of 864 new homes built across Midlothian. These include developments in Dalkeith, Bonnyrigg, Newtongrange, Gorebridge, Mayfield, Lasswade, Loanhead, and Penicuik.

The second phase involves a further £63 million for a second phase which will mean a total of up to 1500 new council homes, equipped with renewable technologies, for Midlothian people.