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Cash to help Welsh homes become power stations

Words: Laura Edgar
Rebecca Evans / National Assembly for Wales

A £7 million investment will help to create the infrastructure required to guarantee that 225 Welsh homes can act as power stations – a UK first at this scale.

The project, by Pobl Group, will see the homes built in Tonyrefail.

Welsh housing minister Rebecca Evans announced that a total of £90 million would be shared between a variety of projects. The investment is the second phase of the three-year Innovative Housing Programme.

The programme aims to reduce fuel poverty and reduce the impact of housebuilding on the environment, as well as address the health and well-being inequality that are exacerbated by poor-quality housing.

“It is clear that if the scale and pace of housebuilding is to increase significantly, traditional approaches are unlikely to deliver on their own. Done the right way, we have an opportunity to build high-quality, near zero carbon homes, capturing and boosting the skills and expertise within the Welsh construction and manufacturing industries,” said Evans.

Projects that will also receive funding include:

  • £4 million – Cartrefi Croeso will build 30 homes in Burry Port using Welsh timber, local off-site manufacturing. The homes will feature Tŷ Solar panels manufactured in west Wales.
  • £1.1 million - Flintshire Council will use the money to build 12 apartments with the flexibility to meet changing needs in social housing, including apartment size, wheelchair accessibility and supported living.
  • £1.9 million – Newydd Housing Association will build 23 homes and provide space for start-ups and established businesses as part of the Goods Shed development in Barry.
  • £568,000 – Gwynedd Council will build four adaptable pods to Passivhaus standard to provide stable intermediate accommodation for homeless people.

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