Installing solar panels on community buildings during or after the construction process could provide a £100m a year boost, according to a new report.
The report said the move would allow village halls, churches and pubs to generate their own electricity, allowing them to save money by cutting their energy bills and providing income through the feed-in tariff scheme, where the Government pays for renewable power.
Schools alone could benefit to the tune of £41m a year, according to the report by energy giant British Gas and think-tank the Institute for Public Policy Research, if their buildings were fitted with solar panels.
Gearoid Lane, of British Gas, said: “These findings are great news for British communities. As well as helping to keep local facilities open and serving their community, installing technology like solar panels on community buildings can have a great impact on helping to familiarise people with renewable technologies and make them more accessible.”