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Permission granted for UK’s first ‘solar house’

The UK’s first ‘solar house’ will be built in Leicestershire after being granted planning permission by Harborough District Council.

The house will meet its own heating and hot water requirements as well as its electricity demands by using hybrid solar panels. It will be built by Caplin Homes and be completed by August.

Any energy collected in the summer will be stored by heating the ground under the building and retrieving the energy through a heat pump in the winter.

An interim performance report will be published in April 2014 as well as a 12-month analysis in August by students from De Montfort University.

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