Three thousand council-owned properties in Wrexham in Wales in the UK are about to be fitted with solar panels as part of the council’s plans to halve its carbon emissions by 2016.

Social housing is one of the largest contributors to Wrexham’s carbon footprint and project leaders are working with tenants to explain the benefits of the scheme.

The council believes that switching to solar power could cut electricity bills by several hundred pounds each year for domestic users and the scheme is expected to save up to 3000 tonnes of CO2 each year in Wrexham.

Other public buildings such as schools and community centres will also be fitted with the panels. Any surplus will be sold to the national grid with the proceeds invested in council services.

Wrexham has awarded the contract of about £18 million ($29 million) to social housing regeneration specialist Forrest. The panels will be supplied by local manufacturer the Sharp Project.

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