Egni Solar Panels Launch
At Dove Workshop, Banwen.
Renew Wales were at the launch of Egni PV Co-operative at the Dove Workshops, Banwen on the 15th January. The event was well attended and the solar panels were officially opened by Carl Sargeant, Minister for Natural Resources.
Egni (‘Energy’ in Welsh) is a co-operative that supports the development of solar energy on community owned buildings in Wales thus generating clean energy, enabling community projects to be more financially stable, and giving you a chance to use your money to help shape a more sustainable future.
Egni raised £170,000 to install Solar Panels on three community buildings and 2 schools. It is anticipated that this will collectively help save around £6,000 a year on these buildings electricity bills.
To date the sites have generated over 2 Megawatt hours of electricity, which is equivalent to the power of over 750,000 batteries.
The launch itself was a great event and a real demonstration of Sustainable Development in action. Over 100 people attended the day, many of them members of the co-operative.
Renew Wales programme Director Rob Proctor said ‘I am so pleased that Renew Wales has been able to support this project. We have been involved since the very start and it is great to see it up and running. We hope that this is the start of many more similar projects across Wales. Any groups that are interested in doing something similar should get in touch and we can help arrange some peermentor support.’
To keep up to date with progress on Egni and how much energy they are generating please see their website.
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