Hackney Council has this week revealed that it is now sourcing all of its electricity from wind and solar sources. The clean energy milestone places it among a small number of councils that are fully powered by renewables, according to Hackney Mayor Philip Glanville. A new publicly-owned energy services company, Hackney Light and Power, was launched by the council in November and is charged with the borough’s decarbonisation initiatives, including the installation of rooftop panels on council buildings and a programme to provide residents with free insulation and trial renewable heating upgrades. In addition, Hackney intends to roll out 182 electric vehicle (EV) charging points this year and intends to equip all street lamps with energy-efficient LED bulbs by 2022. A feasibility study into delivering EV chargers on every street in the borough is also underway, according to the Council. The local council’s clean energy milestone comes just weeks after it unveiled plans to open a new object lending library that aims to reduce household waste by promoting borrowing over buying.
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