Tag Archives : Plymouth Energy Community


Plymouth sweeps up at national Community Energy Awards

Plymouth’s outstanding contribution to community energy has been rewarded with two national Community Energy Awards. Over the weekend, Plymouth City Council was crowned Local Authority Partner at the Annual Community Energy Conference and Awards in Oxford, in recognition of its commitment to a greener, fairer future and unprecedented support for local Community Benefit Society, Plymouth […]


Our Plymouth volunteer scheme shortlisted for APSE Service Awards

A volunteer scheme in Plymouth which has improved access to healthy fruit and vegetables and saved local people thousands on their energy bills has been shortlisted for a national award. The Our Plymouth pilot scheme is a finalist in the Best Community and Neighbourhood Initiative category for the APSE Service Awards 2016, which takes place […]


Your chance to co-own Ernesettle community solar array

You can still buy shares in community renewable energy in Plymouth but hurry, because this opportunity is limited! Plymouth Energy Community (PEC), in partnership with Four Greens Community Trust (FGCT) and Plymouth City Council, have built a 4.1MW panel solar array in Ernesettle and now invite the public to own it. Sandwiched between the MOD […]


Healthy Homes scheme launched in Plymouth

A new Healthy Homes scheme has been launched in Plymouth to help up to 100 of the city’s most vulnerable residents. The project is a partnership between Plymouth Energy Community (PEC), Livewell South West and Plymouth City Council. PEC has been awarded £334,000 from the British Gas Energy Trust to deliver the scheme, which could […]


Plymouth has the ‘Power to Switch’!

A service in Plymouth which has saved local people thousands of pounds by helping them change how they buy, use and generate energy, is backing a national campaign. Local Community Benefit Society, Plymouth Energy Community (PEC) are supporting the #PowertoSwitch campaign, alongside Plymouth City Council. PEC’s trained advisors offer a range of services to help […]


Sites to be transferred to Four Greens Community Trust

A number of Ernesettle sites are being transferred to a community owned trust with the aim of providing jobs, green energy, learning and training opportunities, opportunities for community activity and improved community services and facilities. Plymouth City Council is transferring the land off Ernesettle Lane to Four Greens Community Trust (FGCT) to give local people […]


Two new ‘Our Plymouth’ volunteer schemes approved by Council

Two new volunteer schemes have been approved in Plymouth under the successful ‘Our Plymouth’ banner. On Tuesday 10 November, Plymouth City Council’s Cabinet gave the go-ahead for the ‘Right to Read’ and ‘Pledge Plymouth’ schemes to be formally adopted as part of the local volunteer scheme. ‘Right to Read’ will involve people volunteering time in […]


Sun shines on Plymouth Life Centre’s new roof

Plymouth Life Centre’s new community-owned solar roof – the biggest ever in the city – is now complete. The roof has been funded with community shares purchased by the public and means the popular leisure centre will benefit from greener energy and lower bills. Members of PEC Renewables, Plymouth Energy Community, Plymouth City Council, Everyone […]


Plymouth shortlisted for Green Energy awards

Plymouth City Council and Plymouth Energy Community (PEC) have been shortlisted for two Green Energy Awards. The Council, which has been instrumental in the start-up and continued support of PEC, has been shortlisted for the Most Proactive Public Sector Body category at the awards, organised by Regen South West. The Council helped establish PEC in […]


Work begins on solar roof for Plymouth Life Centre

This week scaffolding will be going up on the iconic Plymouth Life Centre to enable work to start on the new solar roof. Plymouth Life Centre is one of the latest buildings that will benefit from solar panels as part of the community share offer which has enabled local people to buy shares in renewable […]


Mayflower Academy gets solar panels

A school in Plymouth is one of the latest community buildings in the city to be getting a new solar roof. Mayflower Academy in Ham Drive is having the solar panels installed following a recent ‘community share offer’ which enabled local people to buy shares in green energy projects in the city. The community share […]


Plymouth Energy Community wins prestigious Observer Ethical Award

Plymouth Energy Community (PEC) has won a prestigious national Observer Ethical Award. PEC won the Community Energy Project category at the glittering awards ceremony in London on Thursday, 2 July. Runners up in the category were Low Carbon Hub and Repowering London. PEC, which Plymouth City Council helped establish in June 2013 with a start-up […]


Plymouth Life Centre to get a green hat

This summer the iconic Plymouth Life Centre will be crowned with the city’s largest solar roof. As part of Plymouth City Council’s ambition to become a greener and sustainable city, the Council is working with Plymouth Energy Community (PEC), a local Community Benefit Society, to help increase the amount of renewable energy generated in the […]


Top tips on managing damp and mould in your home

Damp and mould are the scourge of many a household but did you know there are simple steps you can take to cut them down? Plymouth City Council and Plymouth Energy Community (PEC) have commissioned a new video, funded by a grant from the Department of Energy and Climate Change, to help local people manage […]


More community groups get Vital Sparks funding

Vital Sparks, a city-wide initiative designed to inspire arts, culture and creativity, has awarded bursaries to five new exciting projects. This unique Plymouth Culture initiative is led by Plymouth City Council and supported by Arts Council England. Councillor Peter Smith, Deputy Leader of the Council, said: “There are some lovely projects that will get a […]


Lord Mayor holds reception to thank Our Plymouth volunteers

Volunteers in Plymouth have been thanked for their contribution at a special reception. Lord Mayor, Councillor Mike Fox, held the reception at his residence at Elliot Terrace to thank the growing army of volunteers working as part of the Our Plymouth project. Around 20 people attended the reception. Plymouth City Council was selected by the […]


Plymouth City Council shortlisted for national award for community energy support

Plymouth City Council has been shortlisted for a national award for its community energy collaboration in the city. The Council is a finalist in the Innovation in Finance category at the MJ Awards for its work with Plymouth Energy Community (PEC). PEC, which the Council helped to establish in June 2013 with a start-up grant […]


Fuel Debt Advice service helps 300 people during first year

A service which was established to help people struggling with fuel debt and provide advice on more affordable energy has helped 300 people to date. The Fuel Debt Advice Service is part of Plymouth Energy Community (PEC), a Community Benefit Society owned and run by its’ members. PEC supports the Council’s ambitions for a greener […]


Plymouth wins two more national awards for innovation in social enterprise

Plymouth City Council has won two more prestigious national awards celebrating public sector transformation and innovation. Representatives from Plymouth City Council, Plymouth Social Enterprise Network (PSEN), and Plymouth Energy Community (PEC) attended the 2015 Improvement and Efficiency Awards on Wednesday 4 March. Plymouth won Silver in the Working Together category for the Council’s partnership work […]


Your chance to help build Plymouth’s biggest community renewable energy project

For a limited time, Plymouth residents are being offered the chance to own the city’s biggest ever solar roof. Following its hugely successful solar schools initiative last year, which provided solar PV installations for free to 21 schools and community buildings, Plymouth’s award winning community energy groups, Plymouth Energy Community (PEC) and PEC Renewables, have […]


Plymouth shortlisted for two regional Green Energy awards

Plymouth has been shortlisted for two regional Green Energy awards. The South West Green Energy Awards have shortlisted Plymouth City Council and Plymouth Energy Community for two categories at the award ceremony, organised by Regen SW. The shortlist was compiled from a flood of over 100 nominations for inspiring companies, projects and people pioneering the […]


Our Plymouth – one month on

It’s been one month since a project to mobilise volunteers in Plymouth was launched and the scheme is going from strength to strength. Our Plymouth was launched on 21st October as Plymouth was one of seven cities to be awarded Cities of Service status in the UK. Our Plymouth aims to work with local residents […]


Our Plymouth launches today

A new volunteering scheme officially kicks off in Plymouth today (Tuesday 21 October 2014) with the launch of a website.   Plymouth City Council’s cabinet has approved ‘Our Plymouth’ – the name of the new initiative which aims to work with local residents to help them make improvements to the local community through volunteering, through […]


Plymouth homes to become most energy efficient with £4.9m makeover

British Gas, Plymouth City Council (PPC) and Plymouth Energy Community (PEC) join forces to provide solid wall insulation to homes across Plymouth British Gas, Plymouth City Council (PCC) and Plymouth Energy Community (PEC) have announced a new energy makeover to offer private home owners in Plymouth solid wall insulation, via a £4.2million investment. The new […]