HOUSEHOLD across the Tivyside region are well ahead of the national average when it comes to green energy powering their homes.

The latest analysis of UK-wide Government statistics shows that the nationally, 2.96% of homes are fitted with solar panels.

According to the Office of National Statistics. Ceredigion is ranked 22 among all local authorities, with 2,096 homes out of a total of 32,504 having solar panels – which is 6.4 per cent.

Pembrokeshire is hot on its heels in 23rd place, with 3,546 homes out of 55,297 – again 6.4 per cent.

Carmarthenshire is ranked 56th, with 4,119 homes out of 81,306 fitted with solar panels – or 5.1 per cent.

Leading the way out of 371 local authorities is Peterborough with 11.1 per cent, while of the 20 local authorities with the lowest provision of solar panels, 19 of them are London boroughs.

Eco developer Project Etopia analysed the latest feed-in tariff statistics from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to find out which towns and cities have the highest proportions of green homes.

Solar is only one type of renewable energy that homeowners can turn to but it makes up the vast majority of eco-installations on residential properties. The data was published for the final time recently because of changes to the feed-in tariff regime.

“Policymakers and suppliers need to examine why so many areas have particularly weak levels of solar installations while others sprint way ahead,” said Joseph Daniels, CEO of Project Etopia.

“The UK might not be the sunniest place on earth, but the technology has improved enough over the past 20 years for it to be worthwhile anywhere in the country.”