AN ISLE of Wight solar farm has helped 80 households out of fuel poverty.

Wight Community Energy, which runs Homestead Farm, near Shalfleet, has donated more than £7,000 to the Footprint Trust.

The charity will carry out home visits and make sure people on low incomes, who struggle to keep warm, are prepared for winter — lifting 80 households out of fuel poverty.

Homestead Farm supplies green energy to more than 1,000 homes.

Profits are shared with members and used to help fight fuel poverty on the Isle of Wight — something that affects one in ten Island homes.

The Footprint Trust's Laura Stichbury said: "We are very grateful for the support from Wight Community Energy.

"Some 160 people will now be able to keep warm and well thanks to the grant we have received. We save most households around £300 on their utility bills.

“Every winter we come across pensioners and young families making the choice between heating and eating, often over-paying for their energy, and not understanding how to use heating systems to best effect.”

For help from the trust, email or call 822282.