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How to gain 8pc tax-free returns and boost your house price

Householders will soon be able to enjoy tax-free returns above 8pc, add to the value of their property and do their bit to help the planet.

Perhaps it was inevitable that Britain would experience the coldest winter in decades as political bigwigs returned from the Copenhagen summit on global warming. But, despite falling temperatures and rising scepticism, it seems householders will soon be able help the environment and  gain electrifying returns.

You can do so by installing solar panels, following new Feed-in-Tariffs (FiT) announced by Ed Miliband, the Energy and Climate Change Secretary. From April 1, households which double up as green electricty stations will be paid 41.3p per kilowatt hour (kWh) for the juice they generate.

Britain’s rotten weather is, apparently, not a problem for new types of photovoltaic (PV) solar panels – but you will need plenty of space on a flat roof  and a chunk of spare capital. A typical 2.5 kWh system tends  to take up about 10 feet by 10 feet and costs about £12,500.
However, the Department of Energy and Climate Change reckons this kit should produce about 2,125 kWh per year and total returns – including reduced electricity bills for the DIY domestic generators – of about £1,050 per year. That’s a yield of 8.4pc. Total returns could exceed that because the presence of a profit centre where only pigeons roost on other people’s property should boost  house prices for the new DIY electricity generators.

Potential pitfalls include planning consent – although that’s unlikely to be a problem if you do not live in a conservation area and the panels are out of sight - plus the political risk that a future government may remove its sponsorship from this scheme. But, for now, it appears that ethical investors can gain electrifying returns and do well by doing good.

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