A cluster of eco homes utilising solar panels are being used to provide low cost public housing to tenants in Pembrokeshire as part of Wales’ first solar village. Four of the six new homes built by Western Solar at the Pentre Solar development in Glanrhyd are being offered to tenants on Pembrokeshire County Council’s social housing waiting list. Each is equipped with a large solar installation on the properties’ monopitch roofs to provide low cost energy for the occupant. Meanwhile, Western Solar receives an income from the export of solar energy to the grid as the systems – 6.5kW on each of the four semi-detached homes and 13.5kW on the two detached properties – are purposely designed to generate up to three times more than needed by the Ty Solar homes. This is due to the low energy demand of the eco homes, which are prefabricated from locally sourced timber and use recycled newspaper for insulation to consume just 12% of the energy used in a traditional home.