WINNER of “Celebrity Big Brother” Denise Welch has gone green with the help of a Burnley company.
The former “Coronation Street” star chose Solarlec to instal solar panels on the roof of her Cheshire home.
The “Loose Women” presenter, who has just split from actor husband Tim Healy, brought the Billington Road Industrial Estate firm in to fit 16 solar photovoltaic panels to generate their own green energy.
Denise said: “Our son has been nagging us to get solar panels installed for ages, so we finally decided to go for it. We’re really delighted with the panels, we’re saving on our bills and earning through the feed-in tariff as well.
“I never thought I’d be the first Loose Woman to go green!”
Simon Bland, director of Solarlec, which was named Small Business of the Year 2011, said: “Denise and Tim are just another example of our many happy solar panel customers. Their panels are generating energy throughout the year and they’re receiving regular cash payments from their energy company through the Government’s feed-in tariff scheme.”
The company has received more good news after the Government lost its second appeal to reduce subsidies paid to consumers.
Last week the Court of Appeal ruled that the Government acted unlawfully by attempting to reduce the feed-in tariff ahead of the original April deadline.
This has left consumers with a possible window of opportunity to take advantage of cheaper panel prices, as the feed-in tariff may remain at its highest ever rate, before it is halved on March 3rd. Consumers who buy now will potentially secure the high rate for 25 years.
The Government will launch a third appeal with the Supreme Court, but insiders predict it will be unsuccessful.