We’re a varied bunch; some of us are driven by the desire to mitigate dangerous climate change, others want to eradicate fuel poverty in London: The one thing we have common? We’re all trying to make a difference and improve our city!
Meet some of our member groups below – remember it’s currently free to join CEL and we will keep you updated with sector news, events, training and other opportunities.
Brixton Energy was set up by Repowering London, who have successfully set up four community energy projects on social housing, including Solar One on Elmore House (37.24kWp), Solar Two on Styles Gardens (45kWp), Solar Three on Roupell Park (52kWp) and Banister House Solar (102kWp) in collaboration with Hackney Energy.
Brixton Energy has recently received funding to carry out a further five projects, including:
- Internships for young people aged 16-24
- The development of alternative business models for community energy; Solar PV and energy storage, anaerobic digestion, on-site electricity supply, heat networks
- Energy efficiency advice sessions for local residents
Community Renewable Energy Wandsworth (CREW) is a voluntary group based in Wandsworth that works to create a sustainable income from clean energy. This income is dedicated to promoting well-being in disadvantaged communities in Wandsworth.
CREW’s goal is to deliver renewable energy and energy efficiency across the borough. They have a strong community model, involving community groups, residents associations and ordinary people from the start.
They raise funds from local investors, crowd funding and foundations. These energy projects earn feed-in tariffs for their clean energy generation, which is then invested in programmes promoting community well-being, from retraining in the green economy to help with fuel poverty.
This project is a particularly interesting case; the Teddington & Ham Hydro was a planned renewable scheme based on the installation of three hydro power turbines on the River Thames at Teddington Weir. The flow over Teddington Weir allows for the possibility of generating clean, renewable energy. The group had planning permission from the local authority and had raised substantial funds to make the project feasible and help power 600 homes locally.In a series of extraordinary events, this community project was blocked by the oil company Shell, who owned a local hotel - the Lensbury Club - and prevented the project from going ahead. The group appealed the decision but the Court of Appeal and senior judges ruled in favour of the multinational oil and gas company.
For more information please visit Ham Hydro news
The Highgate Society Sustainable Living group aims to help people find the inspiration and information they need to make energy-aware choices. Formed early in 2011, the Highgate Society sustainable homes group has been researching the opportunities and potential pitfalls of energy efficient refurbishment (and new build) within the boroughs that constitute Highgate.The core team is made up of people with professional backgrounds in this or related fields: architecture and urban planning, sustainable energy, environmental advocacy, communications and conference organization.
Most of the team have already taken steps to introduce significant energy efficiency and/or renewable energy measures in our own homes.They have created the 21Century Homes concept, working with local groups, particularly the Muswell Hill Sustainability Group (MHSG) on events that showcase local and national products with the theme of character, comfort and low carbon http://www.highgatesociety.com/pages/place/sustainable-homes.php
Muslims comprise at least one fifth of the human community and they can contribute much that is vital to re-evaluate its future direction and save its earthly home.IFEES is a multi-dimensional organisation, and they are proud of their achievements u2013 their successes (link to Celebrating Achievement below) have come from mainly voluntary endeavours.
They welcome the support of visionaries who would like to see this work rapidly multiplied.IFEES networks world-wide with NGOs, international organisations, academic bodies and grass roots organisations and invites collaboration from institutions and individuals from all persuasions who are also dedicated to the maintenance of the Earth as a healthy habitat for future generations of humankind as well as other sentient beings.
Muswell Hill Sustainability Group is a volunteer organisation set up by local residents in 2008.Our aims are to reduce carbon emissions and waste in Muswell Hill and surrounding areas, and to encourage residents, local busineses and community groups to live more sustainably. Membership of the Group is open to all. We organise talks by expert speakers about climate and other environmental issues, and events, exhibitions and workshops on practical aspects of energy efficiency. Members have formed a thermal imaging group conducting house surveys for interested residents, and a wood fuel group on supply and correct use of wood for domestic heat.Members of the Group founded En10ergy Limited in 2009 as a local sustainable energy generator. Since then, the work of MHSG and En10ergy has extended into other areas of Haringey. We have been working with the local authority on a number of projects, and make representations on planning and environmental issues.Membership of Muswell Hill Sustainability Group is open to anyone and we are always looking for volunteers to help with projects and campaigns, running info stalls, events and workshops.<a href= "http://mhsgroup.org/ ">mhsgroup.org/</a>
Power Up North London (PUNL) - is a joint project between Transition Dartmouth Park, Transition Tufnell Park and Transition Kentish Town. The Transition Towns movement in the UK aims to make communities stronger, greener and more self-reliant.Following in the steps of community groups in Brixton and Hackney, PUNL formed in 2014 with the aim of generating locally owned renewable energy and using the profits to benefit our community.In November 2015 PUNL was awarded a grant from the Urban Community Energy Fund to cover feasibility costs for one or more solar projects in North London.They began speaking to St. Anneu2019s Church in Highgate who were considering solar panels as part of a refurbishment project taking place at the Church. With the refurbishment the Church hopes to create more space for community activities including the Churchu2019s successful community lunches and a youth project, meaning more daytime use when solar energy can be utilised. Given the potential benefits of solar to the Church and surrounding community, they agreed in early 2016 to use some of our funding to explore the feasibility of a 19kW installation on the south facing roof.As the Church is listed and in a conservation area, a large part of this feasibility work was putting together a planning application which was approved in July. This was largely down to the support of the 106 residents who sent comments in favour of the application.<a href= "https://powerupnorthlondon.org/ ">https://powerupnorthlondon.org/</a>
Repowering London specialises in co-producing community energy programmes with community groups and Local Authorities across London. They support communities to deliver, own and manage renewable energy projects that provide benefits to the citizens that surround them.So far Repowering London has installed 132kWp of community owned renewable energy, saving almost 60 tonnes CO<sup>2</sup>per annum.Projects include: Brixton Energy (Elmore House, Styles Gardens, Roupell Park), Hackney Energy (Bannister House), Energy Gardens, as well as many more underway...firstname.lastname@example.org<a href= "http://www.repowering.org.uk/ ">http://www.repowering.org.uk/</a>
The Schools Energy Co-operative installs community funded solar panel systems on schools free of charge as well as paying all its profits to its member schools. As a social enterprise, we are dedicated to supporting our school members and providing an alternative to the prevailing commercial rent a roof or leasing model. Central to this is our aspiration to retain as much as possible of the benefits for the schools, their students and the surrounding communities. We also provide educational support to our schools and works with the schools and local community groups to maximise the environmental, educational and community impact of the solar installations.Schoolsu2019 Energy Co-operative was originally launched in August 2014 to install its flagship 150kW array of solar panels at Glenleigh Park Primary Academy in Bexhill, East Sussex. This is still one of the largest community owned school solar systems in the country. The Co-operative now has arrays on over 35 schools across the country including 4 in London<a href= "http://schools-energy-coop.co.uk ">schools-energy-coop.co.uk</a><img class= "size-medium wp-image-255 aligncenter " src= "http://communityenergy.london/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/E4A_Schools_logo-300x196.jpg " alt= " " width= "300 " height= "196 " />
SE24 (Sustainable Energy 24) is a new community group based in South London. We aim to encourage and develop locally-owned renewable energy projects, so that we can all reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and put money back into the local community. The founders of SE24 share a common interest in cycling. They form the core of u2018Whooshu2019, a Herne Hill cycling group which combines long-distance cycling challenges with charitable fund-raising for community-based causes. They have a solid track record of successfully implementing community projects. They are from professional backgrounds. The founding group includes an energy market expert, a chartered surveyor, a planning expert, a solar energy professional and investors with experience of investing in small scale and large scale solar energy generation. They are mentored by Ovesco. <a href= "http://www.se24.co.uk ">www.se24.co.uk</a>
Solar SOAS is the first community energy project on a university in the UK. It''s also the first project carried out by the student and alumni-run community benefit society, UniSolar. The project saw 29.6KW of solar panels installed on the roof of the SOAS Old Building in September 2016. The panels are owned by the society, and feed-in tariff goes towards an annual ''green community fund'' administered by the group for the SOAS community. email@example.com <a href= "http://www.uni-solar.org/solarsoas/ ">http://www.uni-solar.org/solarsoas/</a> <a href= "https://www.facebook.com/soasenergyandclimatesociety/ ">https://www.facebook.com/soasenergyandclimatesociety/</a> @SolarSOAS
South East London Community Energy is a not-for-profit social enterprise. Formed by residents of Greenwich and Lewisham who want to play an active role in shaping the energy future of South East London, SELCE is taking action to combat climate change through generating renewable energy and tackle fuel poverty by providing advice and support for those struggling to pay their fuel bills and keep their homes warm in winter . Watch their film to find out about their business model and how this works <a href= "http://selce.org.uk/how-it-works/ " target= "_blank " rel= "noopener noreferrer ">here</a>! They aim to speed-up the renewable energy revolution by capitalising on the power of community! <a href= "http://selce.org.uk/ ">http://selce.org.uk/</a> @SELonCommEnergy
South West London Environment Network (SWLEN) is a charity dedicated to helping people and organisations protect and enhance the environment. They work in the London Boroughs of Richmond upon Thames, Kingston upon Thames and Hounslow. Their work focuses on preserving and protecting green spaces and biodiversity, promoting sustainability and community development and supporting environmental groups achieve their goals. <a href= "http://swlen.org.uk/ ">http://swlen.org.uk/</a>
Sustainable Merton is a community led initiative giving local residents, groups, organisations and businesses the opportunity to stimulate practical action to make our area a sustainable community. They are engaged in projects covering renewable energy and energy saving, local food growing, water conservation and raising awareness of the issues associated with climate change. They are working in partnership with Merton Council and with schools, community groups and businesses across Merton.