April 14, 2024

A Rhyl primary school has received a further boost to help cut carbon emissions and long-term energy costs.

Denbighshire County Council’s energy team has carried out further work to improve energy efficiency at Ysgol Llywelyn.

The team has delivered and is working on several projects to help improve council building energy efficiency and also support the reduction of carbon emissions and usage costs over the longer term.

This work is part of the Council’s drive to address the climate and nature emergency declared in 2019 and continue the reduction of its own carbon footprint.

Recent completion of projects has seen Energy Team reach a landmark of over a megawatt of installed renewable energy capacity (1099kWp). The majority of this energy is generated from roof mounted solar PV panels.

In May 2023 Ysgol Llywelyn saw a 20.25kW PV panel installed which will on average reduce fuel bills by 17,000kWh a year and produce a yearly reduction of five tonnes of carbon.

LED lighting was also installed at the school to lower electricity usage and modifications made to the heating system to cut gas consumption and save long term costs.

The Energy Team has now added a further 10Kw PV panel to the roof which is helping reduce energy use by a further estimated 6000 kWh a year and save an extra 1740kg of carbon yearly.

Cllr Barry Mellor, Lead Member for Environment and Transport, said: “We are grateful for the support from the school to allow us to install this extra PV panel which will help drive down even further the building’s energy use and carbon emissions. The additional solar power will also support the reduction of the school’s long term energy costs.”

“The Council is grateful to the work of the Energy Team for their continuing work to reduce energy use and cut carbon emissions across all our buildings. This is also vital work for lowering long term costs across our estate to continue running our buildings as well.”