Councillors from the Weymouth and Portland Borough Council have suggested adding solar panels the their current government premises, in order to generate money.

The move would be the second energy-efficiency improvement the council has seen, having already installed a biomass boiler in the parks nursery.

Liberal Democrat councillors are calling on officers to implement a scheme which would see panels installed council-owned properties.

It is hoped that once the solar photovoltaics are installed, the local government would be able to see a financial return from the feed in tariff.

In addition to saving the council money, the scheme would also help to reduce carbon emissions generated from the property and cut down future running costs.

Furthermore, a successful scheme could potentially fulfil the local strategy for energy efficiency by meeting energy commitments.

In order to fund the installation, the council has suggested internal borrowing from the council's balances, the Dorset Echo reports.

However, this might not have to be the only options the council considers. Accessing the government's Green Deal could be equally as beneficial, with money paid up-front by the UK government.

Recently, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) revealed a help and advice sheet to help individuals to understand how to use the feed in tariff and Green Deal at the same time. The publication also gives details on how to calculate potential savings, whether this is in the short or long-term.

A number of councils are looking at the implementation of solar panels, not just for the gain of the local government, but also for their residents.

It would be worth contacting your local council to see what energy efficiency schemes are available at a local level. Funding could potentially be gained for your own projects.

Furthermore, government schemes have seen solar panels installed on social housing projects and affordable housing, to benefit those the most in need of protection for fuel poverty.