A community energy scheme in Merthyr, Wales, which will use profits to enhance a local park has been officially opened.
The 100kw Taff Bargoed Park hydropower scheme is situated in Parc Taf Bargoed in Merthyr and is run by the Friends of Taff Bargoed Park Group.
The scheme will generate 480MWh of energy per year and the income produced will be invested back into the park to improve the facilities, support a park warden and make environmental improvements for the benefit the whole community.
Environment Secretary Lesley Griffiths, who officially opened the scheme, said: “It is exciting to officially open this successful locally owned energy scheme. It’s a great example to other communities across Wales who may be looking to use their local assets to meet their energy needs and be more resilient in future.
“If we want an energy system that truly works for Wales we need more communities to come forward and take control of their local energy needs. We stand ready to support communities to achieve this, including through our Local Energy service which opened earlier this year and provides technical advice and support.”
The Welsh Government has committed in its Programme for Government to support the development of more community energy schemes like this across Wales.