SE24’s community energy at St Christopher’s Hospice, 51-59 Lawrie Park Road, London SE26 6DZ
On 23rd July, local community energy group, Sustainable Energy 24 (SE24) celebrated the launch of its two latest and largest solar energy projects at St Christopher’s Hospice and Dulwich College. The project was funded through a community share offer whereby 42 local residents invested in the scheme.
To date, SE24 has installed nearly 200kW of solar panels across its five sites which have generated 75 MWh since autumn 2016. This has helped avoid nearly 30 tonnes of CO2.
SE24 works in south east London, and uses the finance raised to install solar panels on community buildings, enabling more communities to switch to sustainable energy. The partner buildings get cheaper electricity and any surplus is sold into the grid. The funds generated are used to repay the local investors and surplus revenue will in future fund projects to tackle fuel poverty or raise awareness about saving energy and reducing carbon emissions.
Ian Penistone, Head of Facilities and Estates at St Christopher’s Hospice said ‘This project has been such a benefit for St Christopher’s. We get cheaper electricity which saves us money, we reduce CO2 emissions and yet we don’t have to spend a penny ourselves or go to our funders for help. It is a win-win for us.’
SE24 already has panels on Herne Hill United Church and Herne Hill Methodist Church Hall. But St Christopher’s and Dulwich College are by far the largest projects to date. Alan Jones, Chair of SE 24, said: ‘We are proud to partner with such a beloved local institution as St Christopher’s. We strongly believe that switching to solar energy is one practical way we can contribute to tackling climate change. With this wonderful summer, our large array of panels on St Christopher’s and Dulwich College have been hard at work generating clean green solar energy!”
Helen Hayes, MP for Dulwich and West Norwood (where SE24 is based and keen supporter of its work) said: “It is really fantastic to see this landmark moment in SE24’s work which I’ve been delighted to support. Congratulations to everyone on your commitment to deliver sustainable energy in our community in a policy environment which has at times been very challenging in recent years. I look forward to seeing you go from strength to strength and to doing whatever I can to support you so that we see many more solar panel installations across Dulwich and West Norwood and beyond.”
There are around 200 community energy groups around the country. With more than 200kW of installed capacity, this makes SE24 one of the largest community energy groups in London. It has recently received support from the GLA’s London Community Energy Fund. Future projects include Walworth Methodist Church. Alan Jones continued: ‘We hope to support local projects to tackle fuel poverty or raise awareness of sustainable energy. And we’re always on the look-out for future possible partners. So if you have a bright idea, or run a community building, do get in touch!’
For more information: www.SE24.org.uk. Contact Laura Wilson on: firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information about St Christopher’s Hospice, please contact:
Emily Baddeley, Head of Communications and Marketing, St Christopher’s Hospice. Email email@example.com, telephone 0208 768 4585
- Dame Cicely Saunders founded St Christopher’s Hospice in Sydenham in 1967 as the world’s first modern hospice.
- In the last year, we supported more people than ever before: over 6,500 patients and their families across five London Boroughs (Bromley, Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark)
- It costs £22 million each year to deliver our specialist palliative care and family care services free of charge to patients, of which approximately £16 million must be fundraised each year
- St Christopher’s is registered charity number 210667