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Today (October 31) Wrexham County Borough Council announced it will begin fitting the 3,000 homes with photovoltaic (PV) panels, in what it claims is one of the largest projects of its kind in the UK.

Cash for the scheme will come under an £18m regeneration fund and use Feed-In Tariffs (FITs) money.

Under the scheme, which is due to be completed in March next year, the council believes it will save up to 3,000 tonnes of CO2 each year in Wrexham.

Council chief executive, Dr Helen Paterson, said: “This is a hugely significant project for the Council.

“Such investment demonstrates our commitment to reduce carbon emissions and energy use, whist also tackling fuel poverty.

“The added benefit of this project is the income that will be generated by taking advantage of FITs.”

Other public buildings, including schools and community centres will also be fitted with the panels, which convert energy from sunlight into electrical energy.

The panels will be supplied by local manufacturer Sharp Project.

Luke Walsh

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