Hackney Council is now sourcing 100% of the electricity it uses from renewable sources.
The increase, which came into effect last week (April 1), sees all of the council’s electricity sourced from wind and solar power and is being introduced alongside a range of other decarbonisation measures.
These include large rooftop solar panel schemes across council buildings, and the recently-announced Green Homes programme, which will provide free insulation and trial renewable heating upgrades to help residents save money on energy bills while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
These schemes are being delivered through the council’s publicly-owned energy services company, Hackney Light and Power.
The authority is also set to install an additional 182 electric vehicle charging points this year, alongside a feasibility study into delivering chargers on every street in the borough, and is also converting all street lamps in the borough to energy-efficient LED bulbs by 2022.
Philip Glanville, Mayor of Hackney said: ‘Even in the difficult times we are living through we must still take the long-term action we need to reduce our energy consumption and switch to cleaner energy.
‘In our 2018 Manifesto, we committed to transforming the way we generate, consume, and purchase our energy, and just two years later, we’ve become one of the first councils in the country to be completely powered by clean electricity, showing significant progress towards meeting our stretching targets of 45% decarbonisation against 2010 levels by 2030, and net zero emissions by 2040.’
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