The former City of Exeter Light and Power Station which served the City from 1903 is producing energy again, this time renewable energy from the sun.
The building owned by Exeter City Council is leased to the Climb Centre. The Solar PV array installed by Exeter City Council is the first project involving a leased Council property.
Electricity generated by the PV panels, is sold to the leaseholder at a discounted price using what is known as a PPA (Power Purchase Agreement). This is a standard contract used for the sale of electricity, and one that will provide Exeter City Council with a long-term income and viable investment in renewable energy.
The system will generate 30,000 kwh of energy per year, and includes 105 solar panels.
In addition, the Climb Centre benefits from reduced energy bills, and a greener building, reducing carbon produced by just under 16 tonnes per year.