It was originally completed in 1905 to provide additional electricity for the city of Exeter, and now, 60 years after Exeter’s coal-fired power station closed, SunGift Energy has helped it once again generate electricity, but this time from more than 100 solar panels.

The old power station, which is now the popular Quay Climbing Centre, has had a 30 kWp solar system installed (that’s enough electricity to power six standard houses) by SunGift Energy.

Maintaining the building’s authentic look

Owned by Exeter City Council the building has huge historical significance, so SunGift’s specialists carried out detailed design work to ensure that the panels did not detract from the look of the building.   The result is a sleek-looking ‘in-roof’ solar PV system that provides sustainable energy for the climbing centre, reduced electricity bill and continues to lower the council’s carbon footprint.

SunGift’s extensive work with councils

SunGift has worked extensively alongside local authorities and county councils to design solutions that match their exacting briefs. In the case of the Quay Climbing Centre, SunGift’s commercial specialists:

  • Discussed requirements with Exeter City Council
  • Carried out a detailed site surveyor and roof inspection
  • Suggested the most appropriate solution using world-leading solar PV technologies
  • Provided the council with detailed CAD drawings, financial breakdowns, energy savings and CO2-reduction figures

In addition to the Quay Climbing Centre, SunGift has worked on numerous solar PV systems for Exeter City Council, including Mary Arches and John Lewis car parks, the Civic Centre, Oakwood House offices, the Materials Reclamation Facility, the RAMM Museum and the ARK (the Museum’s storage facility).

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Call 01392 213912 and ask to speak to John Hughes or Gareth Walton