Monmouthshire council’s £2.5m energy efficiency plan gets green light

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PLANS to make some Monmouthshire council buildings more energy efficient have been approved by county councillors.

The up to £2.5 million process, which is to be funded by a Welsh Government interest-free loan, would include installing LED lighting, solar panels, boiler upgrades, heat pumps and high efficiency showers.

The council’s energy officer, Ian Hoccom, told South Wales Argus: “The intention would be to roll this out across all the authority portfolio of buildings.

“Because of the capacity of service providers, we could only really look at doing any 20 buildings in one phase.

“We started out with a prioritised phased plan.”

A survey indicated that the first phase of the programme could generate savings of £492,399 over a 10-year period or £49,240 a year on average.

The carbon savings as a result of the programme are equivalent to approximately nine per cent of emissions from the council’s portfolio of buildings.