Exeter City Council, another DCE Partner, is working to create its own pioneering solar farm and battery storage project.

The innovative scheme is one way in which the authority is continuing to deliver its ambition to be a Net Zero Carbon City by 2030. It also demonstrates the benefits of solar power for all to share and contributing to wider emissions reductions across Devon.

Despite the COVID-19 outbreak the project, located on an redundant landfill site at Water Lane, is well under way.

The £3.5million scheme will receive almost £1.6m in grant funding from the European Regional Development Fund. This fund is designed to drive forward innovation, energy storage solutions and smart grid systems in the region.

How is this helping Devon reach net-zero?

Action E1.2 Identify opportunities for large-scale Renewable Energy and storage deployment on land owned or managed by Devon Climate Emergency partners, and wider business community.

This 1.2MW solar farm will offer significant carbon savings, helping achieve the goal in the Devon Carbon Plan to transition to renewables. The battery storage element of this project will increase this farm’s ability to meet energy demand.