Solar-powered Nissan Leaf on road

DJ Mark Goodier has become the proud owner of Britain's first domestic solar-powered car.

His brand new, fully electric Nissan Leaf operates using energy produced by solar panels installed at his home by British Gas.

It is a win-win situation for the Smooth Radio DJ as he stands to get a tax-free payment of around £1,200 every year for renewable energy generated by the 12 panels in his home under the feed-in-tariff programme.

Under the scheme owners can not only take advantage of the electricity produced, but also have an index-linked yearly income secured for 25 years.

For Mr Goodier it also means savings on petrol costs and reduced carbon emissions from his home.

British Gas has been chosen as the preferred supplier of vehicle charging points for theNissan Leaf vehicles.

The power points, which reduce charging time by a third, will be installed by British Gas technicians at homes and businesses for a cost of £995 (including VAT).

The deal also includes three years of free British Gas Home Electrical Cover which gives the customer unlimited call outs for all home electrical repairs, including parts and labour(5). Prices for solar panels start at around £9,000.

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