Panels installed at Caversham Group Practice

 

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Installing panels at the Caversham Practice

PUNL is pleased to have completed the installation of the 30kWp PV solar array at The Caversham Group Practice mid-March 2019.

The site has been registered for the Feed-in Tariff and the panels are generating solar electricity and performing well with 1337kWh of solar electricity had been generated in just under three weeks.

During April, PUNL will install an electronic display in the reception area of the Practice which will show the CO2 savings, the solar energy generated in both real time and in total.

Meter reading on 7 April

PUNL has an annual operation and maintenance contract for the panels and this will mean their performance will be regularly monitored to check they are working at the correct level.

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Standing  – Ben Pearce, Dr Alex Warner and Dr Jane Myat

On 3 April, PUNL organised a small investor celebration at the Practice to thank funders and investors for their support. The event was well attended and Ben Pearce (PUNL’s Chair) took the opportunity to thank investors and funders.

PUNL could not have done this project without the support of the GLA who funded the feasibility work and Sylvia Baron was thanked. Thanks also went to Claire Hanratty and her team at Pure Leapfrog and Simmons & Simmons for providing a grant to support the cost of the solar panels.  Dr Alex Warner, Dr Jane Myat and Sheetal Shah from the Caversham Practice were thanked for their support and determination to see this project through along with shareholders for their investment in the panels without which the project could not have been delivered.

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Green Party co-leader Sian Berry with PUNL chair Ben Pearce

Shareholders should note that share certificates will be sent out to new investors this week.

Caversham Group Practice Share Offer – Invest now!!

Power Up North London are looking to raise £28,000 through a Community Share Offer to install 30kW of solar PV at Caversham Group Practice, Camden. Invest now here: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/punl-cgp

In 2018 we conducted three PV solar feasibility studies in Camden funded by the Greater London Authority, and one in Islington, funded by the Islington Community Energy Fund.   We are now moving forward with the installation of a 30kWp solar PV array at the Caversham Group Practice.

Power Up North London (PUNL) is a fantastic, independent grass roots organisation in Camden, which is pioneering a new model for combatting climate change by empowering local residents to play a part in reducing carbon emissions and developing strong community resilience.” Sir Keir Starmer QC, MP for Holborn & St Pancras

“I am happy to support this valuable initiative in our communit.” Jenny Headlam-WellsLabour Councillor for Kentish Town Ward & Mayor of Camden 2018-19

The Caversham Group Practice PV Solar Project

Caversham Group Practice is an established NHS teaching and training practice in the London borough of Camden with 15,000 registered patients.  PUNL has been working with them over the past 15 months, from initial conversations to establish interest and suitability of the site, to a successful application for feasibility funding from the GLA, completing the feasibility with a green light to proceed and putting the legal documentation in place for a lease between Caversham and PUNL.

We are now moving to the installation phase and must raise the capital to purchase the solar panels.  We need £28k for the solar panels, electronic display and fundraising costs.  We have a commitment for £5k grant funding from Simmons & Simmons if we are able to raise the rest of the funds from community shares.  The project aim is to install 30kWp of PV solar panels on the south and west facing roofs of the Practice. The panels are estimated to generate c.25MWh of electricity annually, and to meet about half of the projected daytime electricity consumption, while displacing 8 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually. Invest here: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/punl-cgp

What are the benefits of the project?

  • The panels will generate an estimated 25MWh of clean energy a year, which equates to a reduction in carbon emissions of around 8 tonnes/year.
  • The Practice will benefit from discounted energy, through a power purchase agreement with Power Up North London.
  • Staff, patients and other 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 PUNL’s 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

Where will the income come from?

The £28,000 Community Share Offer will fund the installation of the panels. Power Up North London will receive income from three sources:

  • We have a Feed- in -Tariff (FiT) rate secured for 20 years, which is a payment from the government for each unit of energy generated
  • Selling electricity to the Caversham Group Practice at a discounted price
  • Selling any remaining energy back to the grid.

Shareholder Benefits

Buying shares in PUNL means you will automatically become a member of the Community Benefit Society. Your investment plus a small amount of interest will be repaid in annual instalments from 2020. The average annual interest rate is estimated to be 2% for the length of this project.  Members are entitled to receive the Society’s annual accounts, vote at the Society’s Annual General Meetings, and stand for election to the Board of Directors. Members will democratically decide on future projects and how PUNL’s Community Energy Fund is to be administered. We hope you will view investment as an opportunity to support a project with environmental and social benefit; the rate of return is modest in keeping with our rules as a Community Benefit Society. Invest here: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/punl-cgp

The Shares

Shares are in Power Up North London, a registered Community Benefit Society.
The Shares are Ordinary shares of £1 each. For each member, the minimum investment is £250 (1) and the maximum is £3,000. Each member will have one vote irrespective of the amount invested. The shares are in PUNL as a whole, and not the Caversham Group Practice installation specifically. This means interest rates may be affected by future share offers, however all future projects will be subject to the approval of members and will only be recommended for approval if they maintain or increase upon the current projected interest rate. Invest here: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/punl-cgp

(1) Staff and patients of the Caversham Group Practice may invest a minimum of £100 each.

Caversham Group Practice Share Offer

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PUNL is launching a Share Offer to raise £28,000 for a 30kWp PV solar array on the south and west facing roofs of the Caversham Group Practice.
This is the result of 15 months of work from initial conversations with the Practice, to a successful application for feasibility funding from the GLA, completing the feasibility with a green light to proceed and putting the legal documentation in place for a lease between Caversham and PUNL.
We are now moving to the installation phase and must raise the necessary funds for the solar panels, electronic display and fundraising costs.
The share offer is time bound and will open on 23 January and close on 15 February, or when the target is reached, whichever comes first.
The minimum investment is £250 (1) and the maximum investment is £3000.
We invite you to invest in this important project with environmental, social and financial benefits for the Practice and the local community.
For now, register your interest here to find out first when the share offer launches.
(1)  Patients and staff of the Caversham Group Practice can invest a minimum of £100
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City farm success | LUX hopes | Caversham roof | Energy workshops | Hydro here?

Kentish Town City Farm success

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The planning application for 42 solar pv panels on the roof of the existing stable block at Kentish Town City Farm was successful.

Pv panels will cover the southern roof-slope of the existing single storey stable [each panel measures 991mm by 1.65m with a depth of 35mm].

The report said: “Due to their siting, they [the panels] would not be visible from the public realm. It is considered that their design, scale and siting is acceptable and would not cause harm the character and appearance of the host building, surrounding area, strategic views, open space and SINC designations or amenity of neighbouring properties.”

There were nine letters of support and no objections. The installation is set to provide 11.34kWp of renewable energy.

LUX planning application in

A planning application has been submitted for 127 solar pv panels at the LUX Centre in Waterlow Park:

https://bit.ly/2IQwF9Q

The proposed installation has a capacity of 34.29 KWp and is estimated to provide 22.82 MWh of electricity which can be used on site to reduce energy costs, saving over 12T of carbon dioxide emissions.

PUNL estimates that between 60% to 70% of the 22.82 MWh generated by the panels can be used on site, resulting in financial savings for LUX and London Borough of Camden, through reduced energy supply costs. PUNL proposes to investigate the possibility of installing battery storage to cover night-time electricity use, including the charging electric vehicles to help tackle pollution in the park.

Thanks to those who have submitted communications in favour of the panels.

Caversham Practice project progressing well

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On the Caversham Practice proposal, the structural survey was sound, meaning pv panels can be put on the roof.

The next phase will be determining the optimal Kwp of the PV array and fundraising.

PUNL organises energy efficiency workshops at Caxton House

PUNL, with the help of a grant from Islington Council, and Thinking Works organised two energy efficiency workshops for local residents at Caxton House.

Attendees were shown the various different parts electricity bills and what they actually mean in practice, including obscure clauses, and then some common appliances and how much energy on average they consume. Information about switching supplier was also provided.

PUNL features in Camden New Journal on potential hydro project

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Lucidpipe Power System

PUNL features in the Camden New Journal (July 5 issue, page 8) on its thoughts on a potential hydro-electric project in the area, using the underground river Fleet as the power source.

The article points out that hydro-power was used in the area historically. PUNL is investigating the possibilities and feasibility.

 

 

PUNL given funds for lighting project and three solar feasibility studies in Islington

 

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Caxton House where PUNL will put in LEDs

Power Up North London has been given funds from Islington’s Community Energy Fund for a replacement lighting project and feasibility studies for solar panels and battery storage at three other community buildings in Islington.

It follows PUNL being awarded London Community Energy Fund grants for feasibility studies for three buildings in Camden.

The buildings/blocks are:  Caxton House where LED lights will replace existing lighting, Elizabeth House, Elthorne Pride and Whittington Park Community Association which will undergo tests for solar panel potential, including storing the renewable energy in batteries onsite.

The fund is provided by the borough’s carbon offset fund – money paid by developers to offset the emissions they generate while building.

Cllr Claudia Webbe, Islington’s executive member for environment and transport, said: “I’m really impressed with the enthusiasm and imagination I’ve seen in the applications for the first round of funding

“I’m already looking forward to seeing these projects come to fruition, and hearing about other schemes and bright ideas for generating power at a local level, cutting energy bills and reducing the borough’s carbon footprint.

“The Community Energy Fund is a great grass-roots initiative that can literally put power in the hands of residents, community groups and charitable organisations.”

PUNL awarded £34,000 to investigate solar panels for three Camden buildings

 

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Image: Caversham Group Practice

Power Up North London (PUNL) has been awarded £34,140 by the GLA’s London Community Energy Fund for feasibility studies for putting solar panels on three buildings in Camden.

The mayor awarded a total of £150,000 to 13 solar energy projects across eight London boroughs.

PUNL was awarded £12,940 to investigate putting solar panels on the roof of the Caversham Group Practice (CGP), an established teaching and training practice in Camden with 15,000 registered patients. The community energy group estimates the panels (29kWp) will save 20-25% on the practice’s electricity bills. It is also looking at the use of battery storage.

At Kentish Town City Farm, a community charity that helps city people connect with animals, nature and the environment, the study (£9700) will be focused on whether a stable block can support solar panels (11kWp). The block is in a highly visible position enabling the promotion of renewable energy technologies to visitors.

And at the LUX Centre, an international arts agency in Waterlow Park, PUNL has been awarded £11,500 to investigate the feasibility of installing 34kWp of solar panels. It will also look at the possibility of installing battery storage that could enable charging electric vehicles overnight to help tackle pollution and clean up the air in the park. This project should result in financial savings for LUX that will be reinvested in community events and other energy efficiency initiatives.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “London has a wealth of buildings that can harness solar energy, but we’re simply not making enough of them. Generating clean, local electricity can help cut bills, and bulk buying will make solar panels more affordable. I’m also working with Transport for London to expand the use of solar power and energy efficiency across their buildings. I’m delighted to see so much interest in community energy, which is just one part of my plan to make London a zero-carbon city by 2050.”

Ben Pearce one of the PUNL directors and secretary said: “Power Up North London is delighted that our three applications to the London Community Energy Fund were approved by the GLA. We are now looking forward to working with the three sites to explore the feasibility of solar PV installations and will also assess the potential for battery storage.

“The three sites, Caversham Group Practice, LUX (based in the Waterlow Park Centre) and Kentish Town City Farm are all community sites that deliver positive social impact for their users. They are all committed to combatting climate change and supporting those in need within our community.

“We also look forward to engaging with local residents, as we run community engagement events over the coming weeks and months. This is an opportunity to continue to shape community energy in North London and enable more local clean energy generation.”