HALSTEAD Town Council is going green this new year as it looks to get businesses involved in a community energy project.

The town council is joining with community groups and six villages in the Colne Valley to promote climate change action.

Throughout the year, the council says it will be promoting things residents can do to help move to a net-zero culture.

The Colne Valley Community Energy Project aims to bring solar panels with battery storage to domestic and small business rooftops.

A total of 75 households are currently engaged in the survey and design phase, with an additional six members signed up for installations scheduled before Christmas.

Now, Halstead Town Council is hosting a community energy meeting in the Queens Hall, to sound out residents on their interest in becoming part of the project.

Halstead Gazette: Queen's Hall, in HalsteadQueen's Hall, in Halstead (Image: Google)

A spokesman said: “The aim is to bring solar energy to more of the community through solar panels on rooftops and battery storage.

“Even if you are unable to put solar panels on tour roof, if you become part of such a project, you will be able to buy into cheaper energy from those who can.

“The council is also interested in gaining interest from businesses which might like to be involved.

“Bluebridge Industrial Estate has a large number of suitable south-facing rooftops.

“It is hoped that some of those who work at Bluebridge will attend the meeting to find out more.”

The meeting is at Queens Hall on January 17 from 5pm to 7pm, with speakers at 6pm.

For more information, contact townclerk@halsteadtowncouncil.org.uk.