VISITORS have been given a first look at the brand new South West Energy Centre.
The South Devon College building at the entrance of Long Road in Paignton showcases the latest in green technology.
Jill Sheen, energy centre spokesman, said after an open day at the pioneering centre: "We had more then 400 visitors throughout the day and the whole centre was buzzing."
The public have been given the chance to tour the building and find out what help is available for individuals, communities and businesses in Torbay and South Devon.
The star attraction was the Bay Cycle — a revolutionary new electric vehicle being produced in Torbay.
There were demonstrations on how to build a house using straw bales and a chance to see the biomass boiler, iconic sedum living roof, wind turbines, solar PV and solar thermal panels in action.
The super-insulated Kier Living Passivhaus proved a hit.
Mrs Sheen said: "Everyone was very impressed by the energy centre and passivhaus and they enjoyed the activities.
"It was very encouraging to see how much interest people have in renewable technology and ways of using less energy.
"It is a tremendous start to the centre and we are now looking to extend our role in supporting the energy sector to grow in South Devon."