Solar panels are a success in Warrington, saving desperate people money and creating jobs – you’d think the “greenest government ever” would support them. Visiting Lynton and Lisa Hamblett’s home is like stepping into the future. They live in social housing on a neat estate where the roofs are covered in solar panels. The couple, of Warrington, Cheshire, have learned to think differently about how they use energy. “When the sun is out we get the washing machine on,” Lisa says. “On a sunny day you barely use any energy.” In the summer their energy bills are around £20 a month, allowing them to save for the dull days of winter when the heating costs increase. By harnessing the power of the sun, Warrington Borough Council has pulled 488 families out of fuel poverty. It has installed solar panels on 2,000 homes, as well as on sheltered housing for elderly people.