This month, Plymouth Energy Community announced plans to create a new community-owned solar farm at Chelson Meadow. Spanning 24 football pitches, the solar farm would have the capacity to power more than 3,800 homes in the Plymouth area. PEC are working with Plymouth City Council to develop the solar farm, and plan to reinvest any profits from the solar array back into the local community in Plymouth.

PEC already owns and manages 20% of Plymouth’s renewable power infrastructure. This new project will be three times bigger than their current solar farm at Ernesettle, and will put local people in control over a key part of the City’s transition to net zero emissions. A community owned solution will maximise the local economic benefits of this investment and ensure any surpluses are invested into other local projects that respond to climate change and tackle fuel poverty.

Plymouth Energy Community will be running events throughout September and October to teach local residents more about the solar farm project. To read more, click here.

How is this helping Devon reach net-zero?

Goal 8.4.2: Develop an Energy Strategy for Devon to deploy renewable energy generation.

The new solar farm, alongside other small-scale community energy projects, will be a great resource for Devon in trialling the viability of taking the county’s energy supply 100% renewable.