ENERGY supplier Power NI has secured a £6m contract to supply 20 councils across Northern Ireland with renewable energy.
The year-long contract follows the authorities' decision to join together to maximise their spending power.
The councils involved in what has been described as an "innovative" tender hail from each of Northern Ireland's six counties from Ards in Co Down to Derry City Council and Strabane in Co Tyrone among others.
Power NI will supply electricity to 180 sites including sports facilities, council chambers, arts and community centres.
Alan Egner, commercial sales manager at Power NI, said: "We are delighted to have been awarded this contract following a competitive process.
"In March last year the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment's strategic energy framework set a target of 40% of all energy used to be secured from renewable sources by 2020.
"We will be working closely with each council over the next 12 months to help them in their efforts towards this goal and this contract is a great start.
"As a result of being supplied with green energy from renewable sources, the councils will be saving 22,470 tonnes of CO2."
Leo Strawbridge of Derry City Council said: "We are delighted to have a renewable energy supplier delivering environmental and economic benefits to the councils. We have secured a great deal for each of the councils involved and we are ensuring our electricity supply comes from renewable sources which is a real priority for us all."