We are always looking to expand our membership of community energy groups in London; if you know of a London group working with energy that is not on our list, please do get in touch!
Our members work with energy in a variety of different way; some work with housing estates, schools and churches to install solar panels, others run energy efficiency initiatives, to help reduce energy use and share learning. Some of our members are driven by environmental objectives, such as reducing carbon and reliance on fossil fuels. Other members are motivated to help reduce fuel poverty in the capital, and to ensure that London residents are warm over winter – and many groups have a combination of these aims.
We have found that all groups, however, are helping to raise public awareness of energy issues and energy solutions – which is one of the key roles of community energy. Our aims at Community Energy London are to support new and existing groups, to share good practice and expertise and to help expand the sector.
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.
En10ergy Limited is a not-for-profit solar electricity provider set up by the Muswell Hill Sustainability Group in 2009. Its original offer of community shares, with grants available as part of the Mayor of London’s Low Carbon Zone initiative, funded installations on Marks & Spencer’s store in Muswell Hill, and on Muswell Hill Methodist Church. Revenue from these projects is used for further investment and, via Muswell Hill Sustainability Group, to promote understanding of energy and climate issues, and the implementation of energy saving measures.
A new share offer in 2017 has provided a 50kWp pv installation on Woodside High School, Wood Green, with the innovative reduction of the usual return period on shares from 20 to 12 years.
En10ergy is now examining other educational and leisure sites for further installations of pv, in co-operation with Haringey Council, and working with En10ergy’s school partners on the development of educational materials relating to the climate and energy.
En10ergy is like a trading company in that its members are its shareholders and they are not liable for its debts. On the other hand its activities are not carried on for the benefit of the shareholders, but for the benefit of the community. They have over 100 shareholders, mostly based in Muswell Hill and surrounding areas.
Supports households and communities around North West London who are experiencing fuel poverty, particularly the boroughs of Brent and Ealing.
Free insulation and heating (ECO)
Under One Roof for vulnerable individuals in Brent home via visits to look at ways to help, such as delivering emergency help and advice for dealing with landlords, dealing with fuel debt, tariff, switching and energy efficiency. Also working with the council’s Cold Weather Support in Ealing (COSIE) team.
The Furzedown Low Carbon Zone is a community initiative working to reduce its dependence on fossil fuel energy, while developing local understanding of issues around sustainability and the environment.
The project aims to create a support network for sustainable living; building community resilience, developing environmental awareness, and reducing dependence on diminishing fossil fuels.
The FLCZ has been active for three years now.
Furzedown Low Carbon Zone is a community association dedicated to reducing the carbon emissions of Furzedown and surrounding areas. You may have seen us at Furzedown Big Day Out, at Tooting Foodival or on the Climate March.
Two earlier FLCZ projects were carried out with many local partners including South Thames College, Eardley School, Furzedown enterprises and Transition Town Tooting.
Generation Community is a Camden-based community benefit society who has been initiating, developing and owning community solar assets since 2010. Solar assets in London include schools for the London Borough of Redbridge and Drew Primary School in the London Borough of Newham.
Hackney Energy has set up solar arrays on two building blocks in Hackney: Bannister House & Homerton Grove.
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’.
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 – 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.
- Turn food waste into clean renewable energy and fertiliser
- Reduce carbon and methane emissions, air pollution and waste disposal costs
- Create green jobs and training opportunities for local people
- And support local food growing and urban greening projects
We have established our pilot system at Camley Street Natural Park in Central London. Find out more about the pilot system here
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.
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. Anne’s 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 Church’s 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.
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 CO2per annum.
Projects include: Brixton Energy (Elmore House, Styles Gardens, Roupell Park), Hackney Energy (Bannister House), Energy Gardens, as well as many more underway…
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.
Schools’ 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
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 ‘Whoosh’, 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.
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.
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 here! They aim to speed-up the renewable energy revolution by capitalising on the power of community!
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.
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.
Ealing Transition is formed by ordinary members of the community concerned with adapting to the imminent challenges of peak oil and climate change.
UniSolar is a registered community benefit society run by students and alumni in London. The group started from a SOAS student society called the Energy & Climate Justice Society.
The group is working to bring community energy projects to universities across London and the UK. Their first project, Solar SOAS, is already up and running with 29.6kWp capacity. They currently have several other projects in the pipeline, including Solar UCL.
If you are interested in setting up a community energy project at a university, higher education institution, or school near you, please get in touch!