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Wrexham Council’s 30,000 Solar Panel Scheme Nears Completion

Wrexham Council is on track to complete the UK’s largest social housing scheme by the end of the month, slicing up to £900,000 a year from bills.

By March 31 Wrexham council will have fitted 30,000 solar panels to around 3,000 council houses across the county – with tenants saving up to £300 a year on their energy bills. It will also save an estimated 3,000 tonnes of CO2 every year though the initiative.

Wrexham County Borough Council’s service development manager Jonathan Edwards said: “It is difficult to provide a total figure as each saving made will be different.

“On average however tenants can expect to save between £100-300 (max) each year on their electricity bill.

“This will depend on the size of the roof, number of panels fitted and the lifestyle of the tenant.”

When the project is completed it will put Wrexham well ahead of any other local authority in the UK in providing solar power for council houses.

Mr Edwards said: “This scheme is the largest social housing solar PV scheme in the whole of the UK.

“There are other schemes that are being completed, but not on this size or scale.

“This project demonstrates the council’s commitment to carbon reduction, and fits well with the council priority to reduce carbon emissions and energy usage.”

Council chiefs saw a window of opportunity to take advantage of a Government feed-in tariff to realise the multi-million pound scheme. Whether there will be another solar power roll out will depend on what the UK Government does next.

“This decision very much depends on the future of feed-in tariffs in the UK,” said Mr Edwards.

“The Government are currently consulting on new tariff levels.

“The outcome of this consultation will determine how viable a future scheme may be.”

Wrexham council paid for the scheme by borrowing the cash. In the coming years the money will be paid back using payments from the Government tariff.

Source: Wales On Line

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