Plymouth City Council – Renewable power generation

Plymouth City Council will deliver more renewable power generation and fight fuel poverty across the city. The council will look for other opportunities for renewable energy generation across the city, including micro-generation.

The council has allocated £350,000 to their Energy Company Obligation top-up grant fund to support up to 500 fuel poor households to make energy efficiency improvements in their homes. A new £640,000 Warm Homes Fund programme has been launched to support 200 fuel poor homes to get new central heating systems, and secured an additional £200,000 from National Grid to work with Livewell Southwest to minimise the health impacts of cold homes.

Following work in 2018/19, a review has been completed of the council’s corporate and commercial estate, and the council is working with Plymouth Energy Community (PEC) to offer businesses across the city solar energy at no upfront cost. This has identified new solar projects with cumulative potential to power 250 homes.

£500,000 of EU funding has been secured to explore how the integration of new technology and innovative purchasing arrangements can help to bring forward new community owned field-scale solar power projects.

The council will be working with PEC to ensure that low income and vulnerable households can benefit from grants available under the new round of Energy Company Obligation and bids for further Warm Homes Funding from National Grid will be submitted.

Finally, the council will work with Urban Splash to finalise plans for the ground source heat solutions for the Civic Centre. The business case for solar installations across the corporate estate will also be developed, and the council will continue to work with PEC to promote its free solar offer to businesses before the end of the Feed-In Tariff.

Please note – this was published when Labour controlled Plymouth City Council between 2018-2021.