The first of 2,000 solar panels are being fitted to council houses as part of a £9.2m scheme to cut household bills. And it’s not costing Kirklees Council taxpayers a penny. Kirklees has started installing solar panels on 36 houses in the Knowl Grove area of Mirfield. A further 73 in the Wellhouse Avenue and Greenside estate area of Mirfield, along with 38 in Denby Dale and 40 in Scholes, Holmfirth, will also get them. The first solar panels are already performing better than predicted at 109%. If that continues Kirklees can expect the solar panels to have paid for themselves in around 10 years – sooner than estimated – and they will generate a £14m return. At the same time, tenants with solar panels will benefit immediately with cheaper household bills, saving up to £200 a year.