PEC Renewables Governance

PEC Renewables is a Community Benefit Society, set up in 2014 by Plymouth Energy Community to fund, install and manage community-owned renewable installations. It is owned by its Members on a one Member, one vote basis. The rights of the Members are set out in the Rules. As a Community Benefit Society, PEC Renewables is regulated by the FCA.

The PEC Renewables Society Rules are accompanied by PEC Renewables Secondary Rules, which provide more detail on a range of governance functions.

PEC Renewables Directors’ interim report for the year ended 30th June 2014
PEC Renewables Directors’ report for the year ended 30th June 2015 presented to Members at AGM 2015 2015
PEC Renewables Audited Accounts for the Year Ended 30th June 2015
PEC Renewables Directors’ report for the year ended 30th June 2016
PEC Renewables Directors’ report for the year ended 30th June 2017
PEC Renewables Directors’ report for the year ended 30th June 2018

Download the most recent Share Offer Document (2016/2017, now closed)
Download the second Share Offer Document (2015, now closed)
Download the first Share Offer Document (2014, now closed)

Click on the links below to see minutes, election results and outcomes from Annual General Meetings:

PEC Renewables AGM 2014
PEC Renewables AGM 2015
PEC Renewables AGM 2016
PEC Renewables AGM 2017. Held as part of the ‘Taking the Power Back’ event, you can view a summary, presentations and photos from the event here.
PEC Renewables AGM 2018. Held as part of the ‘Powering Change’ event, you can view a summary, presentations and photos from the event here.

Ernesettle Community Solar is a wholly-owned subsidiary of PEC Renewables, established in 2015 to build and manage a 4.1MW ground-mounted community solar array in Ernesettle, Plymouth. Find out more about the Ernesettle community solar array here.

Articles of Association for Ernesettle Community Solar Limited

The administration of PEC Renewables and Ernesettle Community Solar (ESCS) are professionally managed by PEC through a long-term administrative services agreement and suitable contractors. Plymouth City Council provides staffing services to PEC under a service level agreement. Find out more about the PEC Team here.

PEC Renewables & Ernesettle Community Solar Board of Directors

The PEC Renewables board is made up of up to three elected members and up to three PEC representatives (elected members must be the same or more than the number of PEC representatives). Up to two co-opted Directors can also be invited to the Board when specific skills and expertise are required. They attend regular monthly meetings on a voluntary basis.

The ECS board is made up of three PEC Renewables Directors.

The current Board of Directors are:

Dave Garland (PEC Renewables Chair)

Dave is a Physicist who worked for over three decades in secondary education. He was awarded a Microsoft Innovative Teachers (lifetime) award in 2009. He was Deputy Headteacher at community school from 2002 to 2011, where he also took on the role of School Business Manager. Dave was one of the key players in the school’s conversion to Academy status during 2010/11 and was involved with arranging and running the school financial systems and working closely with its governors, solicitors and accountants.

Dave is the Finance Director at Saltash Multi Academy Regional Trust and a member of the Local Governing Body of community school. He has had experience of acting as a Chair of Governors in a local primary school. He sits on the Plymouth Independent School Appeals Panel and is a marker for one of the main examination boards.He is particularly interested in solar energy technologies and the educational benefits to the host schools.

Dave was one of the founder members of PEC and has since gone on to focus on PEC Renewables. He has been Chairman of PEC Renewables since 2014.

Simon Nicholls

For many years Simon has been advising on and delivering power generation projects that reduce both emissions and costs for clients. He is managing director of the Devon Power Group of companies. Among this group Devon Power Ltd is a specialist renewable energy developer with projects across the Southwest of England and beyond. Through Devon Power Simon has enabled clients to realize the potential of their property and assets in generating and utilising renewable power or improving energy efficiency.

Simon has wide experience providing strategic legal and commercial advice for energy projects. This includes systems ranging from 10 kW up to 10MW across a range of technologies in the UK and abroad. He is also well placed to access and advise on innovative funding models tailored to specific project circumstances. His work has assisted both public and private sector organisations.

With decades of experience in development, delivery and operation of energy projects Simon has a wealth of skills and connections of benefit to PEC along with a passion for their objectives. He is motivated to contribute to the development of new opportunities that will benefit people in the community and wider society.

Simon was elected to PEC’s board of directors in 2017. He also represents PEC on the PEC Renewables Board.

David Madge (PEC Renewables & ECS)

David retired from HSBC Bank plc in 2014 after a career of over 40 years in banking. He has worked in locations throughout Devon and Cornwall and in his final role was a Relationship Manager based in the Commercial Centre in Plymouth. His responsibilities included the management of a portfolio of businesses with an annual sales turnover of up to £30 million. David is a Trustee and Governor of Ivybridge Academy Trust and currently chairs the Finance Committee.

David was co-opted to the PEC Renewables Board in 2015 and also became a Director of Ernesettle Community Solar the same year.

Chris Penberthy (PEC Renewables & ECS)

Councillor Chris Penberthy (Labour and Co-operative, St Peter and the Waterfront) was a member of Plymouth City Council’s Cabinet from 2012-2016. His portfolio has included housing, social enterprise development and support, community safety, neighbourhood working, child poverty, welfare policy and financial inclusion. Chris has spent most of his working life in charities including as Chief Executive of Volunteer Development England. He was awarded a fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts in recognition of his contribution to the voluntary and community sector.

Chris has held a variety of trusteeships and directorships in charities and social enterprises. He currently holds the Chair Plymouth Fairtrade Network, Millfields Inspired and the South West Council of the Cooperative Party. He has previously been appointed by Plymouth City Council to the Boards of the Millfields Community Economic Development Trust CIC, and Plymouth Municipal Charities. Chris is a Governor of Plymouth College of Art and is also Vice Chair of the Co-operative Councils Innovation Network and Chair of its Values and Principles Board.

Chris has been an elected member Director of PEC Renewables since 2014 and became a Director of Ernesettle Community Solar Ltd in 2015.

Lee Richards (PEC Renewables & ECS)

Lee is a Senior Research Manager at the University of Plymouth. He has previously worked as Regen SW’s onshore renewables lead and managed work within the large-scale onshore renewables, microgeneration and built environment sectors.
He has over 9 years’ experience in the renewables industry and has developed the capabilities of businesses and communities to deploy more renewable and energy efficiency technologies. He has extensive knowledge of sustainable energy and low carbon policy, legislation, supply chain and technical development and deployment. Lee helped to develop and manage the £6.3M Ready for Retrofit programme, one of the UK’s largest European Regional Development Fund business support programmes, installing over 1700 domestic energy efficiency technologies.
Lee is from Plymouth and as keen advocate of developing the low carbon economy he wants the city to lead in community led renewable energy initiatives.

He was co-opted to the PEC Renewables Board in 2015, voted to the PEC Board in 2017 and is also a Director of Ernesettle Community Solar Ltd.’

Ian Johnston (Plymouth Community Homes)

Ian is from Torpoint and has been working in Plymouth for over 8 years. He is a Lead Management Accountant for Manufacturing Services Ltd & Energy Subsidiaries at Plymouth Community Homes (PCH) and acts as representative for Plymouth Community Homes and as an elected member Director on the PEC Renewables Board.

Ian has a strong background in financial and business management skills and is currently completing his Chartered Institute of Management (CIMA) qualification. His strengths include project management work and ensuring financial compliance and oversight in all areas.

Ian is passionate about supporting community energy projects and being able to help those in Plymouth who require additional support. Through his work at PCH he has supported numerous social enterprises and is passionate about giving back to those in need across the city.