The ‘Zero Carbon Communities’ project was launched by Carmarthenshire County Council and Menter Cwm Gwendraeth, and delivered clean energy and sustainability benefits for communities across Carmarthenshire.
Project highlights include:
- The installation of 13 solar photovoltaic systems on community buildings for the generation and showcasing of renewable energy. These solar systems were installed between December 2010 and February 2011 at no cost to the recipient community bodies.
- The drawing-up of expert reports on grid connection, planning, hydropower and biomethane to guide communities through the many stages of developing renewable energy projects.
- The facilitation ofspecialised workshops to support Carmarthenshire's communities.
- A vision for renewable energy and sustainability for Carmarthenshire.
Benefits derived from this project include:
- Lower electricity bills to help sustain community buildings
- Over £1 million of benefit for communities in a projected 25-year income, originating from feed-in tariffs, import savings plus export income.
- The generation of considerable interest amongst community groups and the stimulation of further action to mitigate climate change.
- Local residents have been encouraged to engage local contractors to install solar photovoltaic panels on their properties, thus helping to further reduce carbon emissions and support the local economy.
This project received funding through the Rural Development Plan for Wales 2007 - 2013, which is funded by the Welsh Government and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development. The project was also part funded by Carmarthenshire County Council.
Name: Kendal Davies
Title/role: Sustainable Development Manager
Organisation: Carmarthenshire County Council
Telephone: 01267 228351