Blackpool’s famous illuminations are now fully powered by renewable energy, the council has announced this week.
The six-mile stretch of lights are using electricity powered by wind and solar energy after a deal with EDF was struck on April 1.
It will reduce the annual number of carbon emissions for the illuminations from 420 tonnes to zero.
The move comes as part of Blackpool council’s efforts to reduce its carbon emissions to net-zero and achieve 100 per cent clean energy across the board by 2030.
The council have also switched over the majority of their buildings to renewable energy, as well as ancillary services and arms-length organisations.
Under the new deal, even the town’s street lights are powered by the greener power source, as well as popular tourist attractions such as the Winter Gardens, Sandcastle Waterpark and Blackpool Airport.
Local schools and academies will also now be powered by renewable energy.
Councillor Jim Hobson, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for the environment and climate change, said he was “thrilled” that the town was one step closer to a “cleaner future”.
“We can only prevent climate change by taking decisive action. The move to renewable energy across our sites is of course a huge step forward, but the work doesn’t stop there – we will continue to look at ways in which we can make a positive difference.”
For the first time this year, Blackpool’s illuminations will run throughout the festive season, finishing on January 3, 2021.
Normally the lights run until November, but Blackpool Council have extended the 2020 running time due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The display usually attracts over three million visitors to the town every year.
The first-ever set of illuminations in the town were lit up in 1879, and featured eight arc lamps on a 60ft tall poles. The display cost the council £5000.