West Dunbartonshire Council is hoping to save £1million - by continuing to instal solar panels on its buildings.

The technology has already saved the local authority tens of thousands of pounds in electricity costs.

It has been installed in a number of locations across the area including Dumbarton Academy, the new council offices in Church Street, and various primaries including St Mary's and St Michaels.

Councillors are set to be handed a report at the next infrastructure, regeneration and economic development committee, tomorrow, February 12, into the savings which have been made, as well as potential savings in the future.

The report was compiled following a previous motion from councillor Ian Dickson, who called for the organisation to become more energy self-sufficient through the use of solar power.

Despite solar panels only providing between 2.5 and 17 per cent of the electricity required for each building, they are, in the long-run, energy efficient.

For example, Vale of Leven Academy is estimated to save £613,536 on electricity over the next 25 years by installing solar panels.