An ambitious project installing thousands of solar panels on council buildings across Newport has taken its first step. Newport Council is working with community organisation, Egni Co-op, to help the authority in its aim to become a carbon-neutral organisation by 2030. Following a detailed feasibility study – with support from the Welsh Government Energy Service, Sustainable Communities Wales and the Wales Co-operative Centre – a plan has been drawn up to install 6,000 solar panels across 21 sites at no cost to the council. Egni Co-op, wwhich funds and manages PV installations in Wales, was set up by Awel Aman Tawe (AAT), a community energy charity which has been operating for 20 years. The solar panels in Newport have been funded by a loan from the Development Bank of Wales and Egni’s ongoing co-op share offer, which has raised £1.4m to date.
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