Work begins on solar roof for Plymouth Life Centre


Scaffolding will be going up at the Plymouth Life Centre this week for the new solar roof.

Scaffolding will be going up at the Plymouth Life Centre this week for the new solar roof.

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 energy.

The new solar roof will mean the leisure centre is more environmentally friendly, and save money on its energy bills. It is one of eight new community buildings and schools set to be added to the 21 sites already benefiting from this scheme.

PEC Renewables has been set up by award-winning Plymouth Energy Community (PEC), a local Community Benefit Society, to enable community-owned renewable energy installations in the city. As well as providing host buildings with a low-cost energy supply and valuable educational resource, the schemes are set to generate a community benefit fund for PEC’s projects helping residents reduce fuel bills and energy use.

Councillor Pete Smith, Deputy Leader of Plymouth City Council, said: “As part of our ambition for Plymouth to be a greener and sustainable city, the Council is working with Plymouth Energy Community, which is owned and run by residents, to help increase the amount of renewable energy generated in the city.

“Due to its use, Plymouth Life Centre consumes a huge amount of energy and these solar panels will save a significant amount on its energy bill as well as provide an example of community-owned renewable energy in action.”

Dave Garland, Chair of PEC Renewables, and local resident, said: “Once again we have shown the power of our community when we get together to make change happen. It confirms that here in Plymouth we care about the people that need help most as well as protecting the environment that we live in.”

The scaffolding is due to be erected on Wednesday 9 September and work is expected to take around six weeks to complete, weather permitting. For more information visit www.plymouthenergycommunity.com/plymouthlifecentre