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Ed Davey MP, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Changes praises renewable energy community projects on the Loughborough Estate

On the 6th June, Ed Davey, Secretary for State and Greg Barker MP, Minister of State for Climate Change from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) came to the Loughborough Estate to look at the community energy projects set up on the roofs of the Loughborough Estate by Repowering London.

This project has installed several hundred square metres of solar panels on six blocks in the Loughborough Estate and the project is providing work placement opportunities for local young and unemployed people from the estate. All the investment has come from local people and the energy generated is owned by the community who have set up community-owned co-operatives.

Ed Davey chose to showcase this project to launch DECC Call for Evidence on Community Energy. DECC are preparing a Community Energy Strategy that will be published in the Autumn. The Government is looking for views from a range of people and groups to help ensure the new Community Energy Strategy can inspire as many new projects as possible.

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Ed Davey and Greg Barker met local residents, investors, Community Draught Busters and members of the Repowering Team at the Loughborough Community Centre on Barrington Road, and then were taken up onto the roof of Elmore House to see the panels for themselves, both on Elmore House and nearby Style Gardens. Thank heavens the sun was shining!

In the presence of the Ministers, Repowering took the opportunity to launch their third project, Brixton Energy 3 which will see the installation of 52kW of photovoltaic arrays on four buildings on the Roupell Park Estate.

Local residents will be invited to purchase shares in Brixton Energy Solar 3 co-operative to raise £67,000 that is the capital funds required for the installation of the solar panels.

To see Ed Davey’s thoughts on the Loughborough project go to

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/jun/06/community-energy-revolution-uk

to read more about Repowering go to http://www.repowering.org.uk/

If you are interested in find out more about how you can invest in Brixton Energy 3 go to http://www.repowering.org.uk/projects/roupell-park

If you want to find out more about making your home more energy efficient then contact the Community Draught Busters http://ttbdraughtbusters.co.uk/

by Becky Payne

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Renewable energy has come to the Loughborough Estate

Solar panels on the Loughborough Estate

Solar panels on the Loughborough Estate

 

By Becky Payne

I’m sure many of you have heard about the solar panels that were installed on the roofs of Loughborough Estate. Although you can’t see them from the ground, several blocks on the Estate have solar panels on the roofs soaking up the sun and creating energy, which is in turn sold to the national grid.

In March 2012, the Brixton Energy Solar 1 installed several hundred square metres of solar panels on the roof of Elmore house in the Loughborough Estate.

In October 2012, the Brixton Energy Solar 2 project installed five sets of solar panels on the roofs of the Styles Gardens apartment blocks. Together with other environmental works undertaken by Lambeth Council and United Residents Housing, these blocks are probably the most energy efficient social housing blocks in South London.

One of the keys is that in urban areas, there are many people who don’t ‘own’ their own roofs, but would like to be able to invest in renewable energy and make a dent into the monopoly of the Big Six energy companies.

Both these projects were set up as community co-operatives and the necessary funds were raised from local people who wanted to invest in a local project. All investors become members and receive an annual return. Money is also set aside to train and give paid internships to young people from the estate. A percentage of the profits goes into energy efficient education and a fund has been set up to pay for initiatives that help tackle fuel poverty eg: providing guidance to local people on the simple changes they can make to reduce their energy bills, for example, draught

proofing their homes and switching to different energy tariffs that match their energy usage. There are also workshop where people can learn how to make their own solar panel.

Find out more about these and future projects in and around Loughborough Junction and Brixton.

 

Installing the solar panels - while the sun was shining

Installing the solar panels – while the sun was shining