Sharp Solar has completed the installation of 3,000 solar arrays across Wrexham, in one of the largest council-led solar schemes in the UK. The £15 million project will see Wrexham become the country’s top authority for reducing carbon emissions and in the top ten percentile for the whole of the UK.
Around 5MW of capacity has been installed across 3,000 properties, including more than 150 individual flats. The council estimates that, those properties fitted with solar could realise annual savings of between £75-£250 per year on their electricity bills. The solar scheme is expected to help slash a mammoth 3,000 tonnes of CO2 off the borough’s annual carbon output.
Cllr Neil Rogers, Wrexham Council's Leader, said: “Solar is playing a vital role in turning Wrexham into a sustainable borough. We wanted to use high-end technology that we can rely on, as well as supporting local business, and were therefore delighted that Sharp Solar, based in Wrexham, were able to provide us with such an excellent product. It is already bringing benefits to our housing tenants and helping us meet our targets to reduce carbon emissions and energy use and help tackle fuel poverty."
Andrew Lee, General Manager – Solar UK, at Sharp Solar added: “The completion of this project is hugely important for both Wrexham County Borough Council and Sharp Solar. The Council can help social housing tenants tangibly save costs on electricity bills while also demonstrating that it is a leader in sustainability.
“The project also represents the first major installation of Sharp’s new PV-Kit product, a landmark solar solution that comes as a complete kit system. We’re delighted that the first project of this kind was accomplished in Wrexham, the home of our European factory and we look forward to many more projects like this being completed across the UK.”
Wrexham Council has approached the solar project with a holistic view, enclosing a DVD of the following video to all recipients of a solar system. The video explains the basics of solar as well as sharing tips on how to maximise the electricity generated by the array.