14 schools are closer to achieving net-zero at the end of the first phase of an ambitious county-wide decarbonisation initiative delivered by SSE Energy Solutions in partnership with Monmouthshire County Council, it can be announced today.
Schools such as Chepstow Comprehensive were assessed on their energy efficiency with solutions then identified to generate clean energy, such as Solar photovoltaics (PV) on roofs or carports.
This project has reduced carbon emissions from 22 council-owned buildings to date, with offices and leisure centres also being retrofitted with smart energy, heating and lighting systems.
The initiative is projected to deliver savings of up to 1,704,443 kWh/443tCO2 – the equivalent electricity used by approximately 600 houses over the course of a year.
Monmouthshire County Council declared a climate emergency in 2019. An action plan focussing on energy systems, transport, green spaces, waste and procurement was adopted with the aim of reaching net zero by 2030.
Monmouthshire Council is already considering options to work further with SSE to develop a second phase that will involve additional buildings, a wider scope of decarbonisation measures including the introduction of electric and hydrogen powered refuse vehicles, and the potential for larger infrastructure projects such as EV charging hubs and solar farms.
SSE has already installed a large number of bird and bat boxes across the region to help increase biodiversity.
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