Both the government and local councils have been encouraging a move towards renewables and more energy efficient homes in recent years.

Renewable energy is currently a 'hot topic' and investment and interest in the sector is only going to continue to increase.

A respected and well-known expert on local governmental law, Stephen Cirell, has published a book outlining the benefits of solar power for local authorities and other public bodies.

'A Guide to Solar PV Projects for Local Authorities and Other Public Bodies' is the first detailed guide specifically aimed at public sector bodies and outlines how to undertake a photovoltaic (PV) project, as part of a climate change or renewable energy strategy.

The book was written in association with the Renewable Energy Association.

Chief executive of the body, Gaynor Hartnell, commented: "Solar PV has suffered from poor publicity since the reduction of the Feed-in Tariffs and the implementation of a new system of tariff degression by the Government.

"This is unfortunate, given its spectacular cost reduction. PV is now on track to become one of the cheapest forms of renewable electricity generation.

"We are therefore delighted that Stephen Cirell has produced such a clear guide to inform all members and officers of local authorities about the real position."

The publication examines why local authorities should be investing in renewables, how to take the initial step and how to form a business plan and a financial case to underpin it. Benefits of installing solar panels – both financial and environmental – are also clearly explained.

Options for funding, including the Public Works Loans Board and joint ventures, are also given their fair share of attention.

Mr Cirell has a highly successful informative and advisory blog which touches upon some of the issues that are extensively written about in his new book.

If renewable energy is something your governing body has been considering, then Mr Cirell's blog is a great introduction to solar energy and its benefits.

Mr Cirell added: "The normal corporate agenda of the local authority and the green agenda are almost perfectly aligned at the present time.

"This means that if a council wants growth, jobs and income, the green agenda is the best bet for delivering them. Government subsidies may have been criticised, but they are available and so the public sector should have their share."