PRESS RELEASE: For Immediate Release
Monday 6 March 2018
“Community Solar Shines on London”
Community Energy London (CEL) has welcomed yesterday’s announcement by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, that thirteen solar projects are to be supported across eight London boroughs!
The London Community Energy Fund (LCEF) was announced in 2017 in the Mayor’s Draft Solar Action Plan, with £400,000 allocated to support feasibility studies for community solar projects. The first tranche of funding will direct £150,000 to bring forward 1MW of solar PV capacity on schools, churches, sports centres, and even a city farm.
Community Energy London Chair, Syed Ahmed said:
“London has a number of fantastic community solar projects installed on buildings ranging from schools and universities to churches and tower blocks, all of which have been created, developed and funded by local community groups. The government’s closure of the Urban Community Energy Fund was a major blow to the ambition of groups looking to develop further projects. We are therefore pleased to see the Mayor has acted on recommendations made by the sector – as set out in Community Energy London’s report, ‘Realising the Vision’ – and taken action to establish the London Community Energy Fund.
“CEL look forward to working with the Mayor to realise his ambition for London to become a zero carbon city and provide cleaner affordable energy to Londoners.”
CEL will be working with the GLA over coming months to encourage both existing and new groups to apply for future tranches of funding, and also looking to expand feasibility funding into areas such as energy efficiency projects and fuel poverty alleviation.
|Battersea Arts Centre Solar (Wandsworth) – CREW||£15,000||Development work for a project to install ~50kWp of solar on the roof of the Battersea Arts Centre, and feasibility for energy storage on the site.|
|Ealing Schools – Ealing Transition||£15,000||Look at the feasibility of installing solar panels on five schools in the Borough of Ealing, hoping to achieve up to 140kWp of solar capacity.|
|South East London Community Energy (Greenwich)||£14,999||To produce business cases for the installation of a combined total of 70kWp of solar on two leisure centres in Greenwich.|
|RBKC Community Energy (Kensington & Chelsea) – Repowering London||£14,933||To develop community solar projects on sites such as schools, community buildings, a hospital and a leisure centre which could produce up to 500kWp of solar power.|
|Energy Local Brixton (Lambeth) – 10:10||£14,878||Technical and financial modelling of the impact of battery storage, and an assessment of capacity and feasibility for solar PV on ten housing blocks in Lambeth.|
|Caversham Group Practice (Camden) – Power Up North London||£12,940||To develop a project to install about 29kWp of solar panels on the roof of the Caversham Group Practice (CGP), and look at the use of battery storage to use extra energy outside daytime hours.|
|Heathview Tenant’s Cooperative Solar Power Project (Barnet)||£12,670||To undertake feasibility assessments of the roofs of housing buildings to establish if up to 50kWp of solar could be installed.|
|LUX (Camden) – Power Up North London||£11,500||A feasibility study for the installation of ~34kWp of solar panels on LUX, an international arts agency based within Waterlow Park, Camden, and the possibility of installing battery storage that could enable charging electric vehicles overnight.|
|Walworth Methodist Church Solar Project (Southwark) – SE24||£11,425||Looking at the installation of ~50kWp of solar on the large, multi-building facility.|
|Calthorpe Energy Lab (Camden)||£9,775||The completion a feasibility study and design for a solar PV installation for a community centre in Kings Cross, and also draft a share offer.|
|Kentish Town City Farm (Camden) – Power Up North London||£9,700||Development work from the technical feasibility assessment of the roof of a stable block for a ~11kWp solar PV installation and the the production of a community share offer.|
|Rooftop Solar PV at Hornsey Girls School (Haringey): En10ergy||£4,900||Expansion of existing solar installation on the roofs of the school which could provide up to 100kWp of solar electricity.|
|New River Sports Centre (Haringey) – En10ergy||£4,500||Development of a business case to install ~50kWp of solar panels on the roof on the spectator stand of the New River Sports Centre in Haringey.|
Dr. Giovanna Speciale, CEO, South East London Community Energy, said: “The London Community Energy Fund has provided vital support to community energy groups in London. It allows us to bring the benefits of renewable energy to schools, churches, and leisure centres. We are delighted to be working with Mayor to transform London into a clean, green, affordable city.”
Afsheen Kabir Rashid, COO and co-founder, Repowering London said: “We are committed to creating local energy within socially-deprived neighbourhoods and challenging urban environments. The Mayor’s funding will help us perform technical assessments at schools and community buildings in Dalgarno in Kensington. Working with local residents and community groups, we can deliver community-owned solar energy, along with real opportunities for local tradesmen, residents, and young people.”
(from left): Afsheen Rashid, Syed Ahmed, Giovanna Speciale and Leonie Cooper, at the 2017 CEL annual conference at City Hall
2. Community Energy London (CEL) was formed in 2017 and is an informal network of people and organisations with an interest in supporting the development of community energy projects across the capital. CEL members have provided guidance and training on fuel poverty alleviation; have developed, fund raised and installed renewable energy generation projects such as solar PV and anaerobic digestion plant (AD); and worked on a range of energy efficiency retrofit projects.