On 13 November, our very first AGM brought together both founder members and new members in a celebration of our achievements to date.

The evening started with the Plymouth Energy Community AGM and was followed by PEC Renewables AGM.


PEC AGM

After a welcome from Malcolm Sowden (current Vice-Chair), it was down to business. Members officially received the Directors’ report and Audited Financial statements for the year ended 30th June 2014. Bromhead Chartered Accountants were confirmed as the auditors of the company for the ensuing year and directors were authorised to set their remuneration. An extraordinary resolution was passed; to adopt the rules marked ‘X’ as a complete amendment to the existing rulebook of the society.

In addition, following postal voting and secret ballot, the new elected Board of Directors were confirmed:

  • Dave Garland
  • Barbara Hampson
  • Michael Harriott
  • Dave Pearce
  • Daniel Shelton
  • Tracey Sherston
  • Malcolm Sowden
  • Tim Sydenham

During the subsequent question and answer session, the following topics were raised:

Could you tell us a bit more about where you see the volunteering programme for PEC going?

Currently we haven’t been as successful in building a ‘community’ as we’d like to be. We’ve been very successful in lots of ways but hope volunteers can help PEC members and Plymouth residents make the leap from interest into joining and making a change. We are offering a lot of training and support to volunteers. This will also mean two new apprentice posts joining our new Volunteer Co-ordinator. The first training will take place on 1 & 2 December. The first training is a mixture of practical and theoretical skills to help volunteers go into a home and make small but effective changes – from damp to ventilation, draught excluding to advice on night storage heaters. This will accompany a safety and working in the community session held on 8 December. The hope is to give a really solid grounding to our volunteers so that they have the confidence to go out and help people. We want people to feel that they are regaining a bit of control over their situation and that we’re working alongside them.


PEC Renewables AGM

Following the PEC AGM, the PEC Renewables AGM was held. Dave Garland, current Chair of PEC Renewables, gave an enthusiastic overview of installation progress and generation to date. Then members officially received the Directors’ report and Interim Financial statements for the year ended 30th June 2014. Bromhead Chartered Accountants were confirmed as the auditors of the company for the ensuing year and directors were authorised to set their remuneration.

The new elected Board of Directors are:

  • Dave Garland
  • Chris Penberthy
  • Tracey Sherston

During the question and answer session, the following topics were raised:

Can you tell us about a further share issue?

We can tell you some details, yes. We are in advanced talks with 4 sites to deliver even more energy generation than last issue – last time it was 0.8MW this time 1.3MW. This will again be through retrofitting solar PV panels to roof tops. We are hoping to launch this in January to early February 2015. It is exciting. There is a real appetite for investment and we will have more PECR sites generating power by next summer.

The last share offer exceeded the total number needed for sales. There seems to be an audience for what we’re doing.

There certainly is. The government may change the rules on tax allowance however and this could affect a certain type of investor. We are looking to move quickly to take advantage of the tax laws. PEC and PCC installs have increased total level of solar power produced in Plymouth by 6-7% in just one year. Next year that’ll go up again. It’s good news for investor members.

What does it mean 0.8MW? I can’t relate that to anything. Are we anywhere near powering Plymouth?

That’s the energy use of around 250 homes. So with another 1.3MW - around another 400 homes.

You mentioned 4 sites in Plymouth. Can you look outside of that area? For example towns that skirt the Tamar or in partnership with Cornwall for sites like Mt. Edgcumbe.

PEC’s ambition is in and around Plymouth. Rural solar may come in at some point but there is a lot of work to be done in the city. The first issue chose Primary schools as we had a fast route in the through the Association of Primary Headteachers and also with the support of the council. We are thinking of the wider area.

Are we likely to use other renewable technologies?

There is solar, solar thermal, biomass and we are looking at the feasibility of each. Strangely, Plymouth Sound is no good for wind power. It’s great for sailing but not wind power. It’s good for tidal too.


AGM documentation

Please click on the links below to view and download the documents presented at the AGM.


AGM Minutes

Please click on the links below to view and download the minutes of the AGM.

Plymouth Energy Community 2014 AGM Minutes
PEC Renewables 2014 AGM Minutes


2014-2015 society rules

Please click on the links below to view and download the current society rules.

Plymouth Energy Community Society Rules
PEC Renewables Society Rules