Solar PV 1:
Our installations

Wonford Community and Learning Centre

Wonford Community and learning Centre Solar InstallationWe have installed 20kWp of solar panels on the roof of Exeter City Council’s Wonford Community and Learning Centre. Our installer for this roof was Hyde Park Electrical Ltd.

The installation started generating on Nov 23rd, providing revenue for ECOE and the local community whilst providing savings for the centre, which in turn means more money can be directed to improving core services. Remote monitoring is set up, so we can monitor generation and we hope to have a link here soon.

Shillingford organics

Small Solar Shillingford

Martin Bragg, the owner of Shillingford Organics was the first to sign up for ECOE solar installations. He showed extreme patience as ECOE both found a way to install on two of his roofs and while ECOE worked to establish a portfolio of roofs that would mean we could go ahead with a community share offer to raise funds needed to carry out the first solar installations.

In November 2015, we were finally able to move ahead and install 40kWp of rooftop solar panels on two roofs at Shillingford. These became fully operational on November 18th thanks to our installer Sol Electrical. Martin is, needless to say, delighted:

“I partnered with ECOE because I gain half-price solar electricity with the added benefit that it is from a sustainable source on our roofs! It’s investment free for me and it’s great to be part of a community project, which is making positive changes towards a healthy and flourishing planet.”

The installation is powering both ‘Shillingford Organics ‘and ‘Rod & Bens Soups‘. Remote monitoring has been set up and it’s very exciting to see how much electricity is being generated through each day.

Devon County Council

ECOE has now successfully installed on two of Devon County Councils roofs – Great Moor House (100kWp) and Exeter Central Library (20kWp). There was a very tight timescale as we needed to complete the installation and commission both projects before the expected large January FiT digression too place. Both were completed just before Christmas thanks to the extremely dedicated work by our two installers – SunGift for Great Moor House and Sol Electrical for Exeter Central Library.

Great Moor House
Great Moor House  under construction[1]
Great Moor House is a large modern council office in Sowton with meeting, training and conference facilities. It is also the home of the Devon Heritage Centre, Devon Records Centre and houses all the ICT for Devon County Council Schools. Generation started on December 17th and its many computers mean that it is extremely likely that all of the solar energy generated will be used onsite.

Exeter Central Library
As well as installing the new 20kWp, Devon County Council has generously transferred the ownership of the existing 9kWp to ECOE. This means we now own a 29kWp installation. There are plans for transferring the ownership of Exeter Central Library to a community mutual this year and our lease with DCC would then be transferred to the community mutual. Our installation went live on December 23rd. The majority of electricty will be used on site and will help to reduce the library’s energy bills

The remaining installations

As well as completing the remaining sites for Solar PV1, we had been expecting there to be a new portfolio Solar PV 2. Unfortunately most of these Devon-wide sites ended up not being suitable for a range of different reasons.

The sites that did complete were:
The Technology Centre, Exeter College 150 kWp, our largest installation
Pinhoe Road Baptist Church 17 kWp
Glasshouse Lane Medical Centre 20 kWp
The Beehive Community Centre, Honiton 24 kWp.

Watch our video about how solar PV 1 works