Community solar farm to be developed on former Plymouth landfill site

Community solar farm to be developed on former Plymouth landfill site

Plymouth City Council are working with Plymouth Energy Community (PEC) to create a community-owned solar farm.

The site will be located at what was an old landfill. PEC now has a government grant for the project which could generate up to 14,284MWh per year. PEC are already responsible for 20% of Plymouth’s renewable energy infrastructure. 

PEC have said that a community-owned solution will help to maximise the benefits to the local economy and ensure any left-over investments are allocated to other local projects that also look at tackling climate change.

Maddi Bridgeman, cabinet member for environment and street scene, Plymouth City Council, said: “Our collaboration with PEC is widely seen as a national and international exemplar for how councils and local community led organisations cooperate to scale up grassroots response to climate change.”

In January, research from the Solar Centre found that between 2015-2020 Plymouth had invested the second highest amount when considering solar investment per million pounds of council budget. 

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