This article originally featured in The Skylark’s newsletter and was written as a condensed news in brief.
All new homes in Wales will only be heated and powered by clean energy under new Welsh Government plans. The new scheme aims to reduce CO2 emissions from the housing industry by 80%. Housing Minister Julie James stated that to meet the target of reducing Welsh greenhouse gas emissions by 95% by 2050, action needed to be taken now to make a significant step change to the way homes are heated and powered. The largest carbon neutral development in the UK is currently being built outside Tonyrefail, Rhondda Cynon Taff where none of the 225 new homes being built are connected to mains gas. Instead, water is heated by the earth 150m underground, while solar panels generate enough energy to not only power the homes, but sell excess power back to the grid.