Alex has announced that thousands more solar panels will be fitted to prisons to help cut carbon emissions and to save taxpayers’ money.
The installations are expected to cut more than 1,300 tonnes of carbon from the earth’s atmosphere and provide 20% of each prison’s electricity. This will save around £800,000 of taxpayers' money a year.
Over 16,000 new ground mounted panels will be switched on across the prison estate, with HMPs Bullingdon, Erlestoke and Wayland lighting the way in the next few months and work ongoing to power the remaining 16 from Spring next year.
Alex said: "As we build back safer and greener from the pandemic, our prisons are playing their part in the Government’s ambitious environmental plans.
"Alongside our wider sustainable action across the estate, including new all-electric prisons, we will ensure our jails are good for the pocket and the planet."