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Energy savings plan for dozens of city buildings

City buildings including the Grand Theatre, Guildhall and Swansea Market could soon be more energy-efficient than ever before.


Swansea Council is considering an application to the Welsh Government for funding as part of the Re:Fit Cymru programme, which could see measures including solar panels, lighting controls and insulation improvements introduced at 25 council buildings.

More detailed studies on each building to potentially benefit could soon take place, subject to approval from the council's cabinet at a meeting later this week. 

Among the other buildings earmarked for energy-efficiency improvements are Swansea Museum, the city bus station, Morriston Crematorium, Ty Waunarlwydd and the baling plant in Llansamlet.

About £1.35m would be needed to cover the costs of improvements, which the council would repay on an interest-free basis with savings generated by more efficient energy consumption. With an estimated annual energy saving of 15.3%, that means the council would repay the loan within eight years.

Cllr Andrea Lewis, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Housing, Energy and Building Services, said: "This scheme wouldn't cost the council anything because repayments would be made from the energy we'd save by making the buildings that have been identified more energy efficient.

"Taking part in the Re:Fit Cymru programme would also see the council continuing to do its bit to cut Swansea's carbon footprint, helping meet our environmental obligations.

"Once the loan fund has been repaid, the council could invest the energy savings in overall council services, which would benefit taxpayers across the city."

Other scheme benefits could include generating income from renewable electricity through feed-in tariffs and renewable heat incentives schemes. Upgrading of buildings would also reduce maintenance costs.

Cllr Lewis said: "This is the latest in a number of schemes that show the council's commitment to sustainability. More electric vehicles will soon be added to the council's fleet and we're on the verge of finishing the first new council houses in Swansea in a generation, which all benefit from innovative energy efficiency technology to help tenants save money on their fuel bills."

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