Power Up North London
Project Category: Social Enterprise
Power Up North London 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, we formed in 2014 with the aim of generating locally owned renewable energy and using the profits to benefit our community.
In November 2015 Power Up North London was awarded a grant from the Urban Community Energy Fund to cover feasibility costs for one or more solar projects in North London.
We began speaking to St. Annes 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 Churchs 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 we 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 so thank you to everyone who has supported the project!
What are the benefits of the project?
The panels will generate an estimated 16,465kWh of clean energy a year, which equates to a reduction in carbon emissions of around 8.7t/year.
The church will benefit from discounted energy, through a power purchase agreement with Power Up North London.
Parishioners and members of the local community will benefit from a small return on their investment, while being given the opportunity to invest for social and environmental benefit
Any surplus income will be put into PUNLs Community Energy Fund, which will be available for further projects in the local area
The panels will be a community asset that can be used for educational purposes and to encourage others to explore renewable energy
We have a committed core team of people with skills in finance, renewables, project management, communications, investment and more putting their time and energy into making the project happen. Contact us below with questions, comments or to say hello!
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