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Local council reveals details of £2.5m energy efficiency plan

A local authority has revealed plans to make their buildings more energy efficient as part of a £2.5 million project, a news report in the local media can reveal.

The plans set out by Monmouthshire Council will be funded by a Welsh Government interest-free loan. They include installing LED lighting, solar panels, boiler upgrades, heat pumps and high efficiency showers.

The council’s energy officer, Ian Hoccom, said: “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.

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