Muswell Hill Golf Club and Hampstead School generation | Islington updates | PUNL meetings and policy news

Panels generating at Muswell Hill Golf Course

The installation was completed in February and the amount of electricity generated to date is 4.37Mw. Self-consumption amounted to 2.94Mwh (see left for panels).

The amount of CO2 saved to date is 1160kg and the equivalent of nearly six trees. Thanks to investors and supporters.

Hampstead School – latest results

Subsequent to meeting the investment target, the panels have been installed.

As of the first week of April, the panels had earned £182 and produced 4793kWh. Thanks again to investors and supporters.

Elizabeth House installed

A total of 1048kWh has been produced at Elizabeth House, with 753kWh self-consumed, and 295kWh exported.

PUNL project managed the installation of a 10.26kWp system at Elizabeth House Community Centre, in Islington at the end of November 2019.

Export has been higher than normal in recent weeks due to the lockdown. CO2 emissions saved amounted to 297kg.

Dixon Clark Court – work underway

Currently work is underway to determine how best to supply the solar electricity generated to the communal areas and residents using a microgrid. 

Last August PUNL won an Islington Council grant to undertake a feasibility study for a solar PV and private wire (microgrid) system at Dixon Clark Court which is a 15 storey residential block owned by the Council.  

The Council provided funding from its Community Energy Fund (ICEF) for the feasibility and also for the capital to procure the panels.

Solar PV can be installed at this site and PUNL must also put the appropriate legal arrangements in place between the Dixon Clark Court TMO and the Council/Residents. 

Paradise Park – next stage

A feasibility study has concluded that a solar PV array can be installed and would be beneficial from an environmental, social and financial perspective at Paradise Park Childrens’ Centre.

Last August PUNL also won an ICEF grant to undertake a feasibility study for solar PV, and to look at energy efficiency measures at Paradise Park Childrens’ Centre, partnering with XCO2 who are a local consultancy practice with expertise in this area . XCO2 submitted a detailed report on measures to reduce energy use and improve thermal comfort at PPCC.

The next step is to apply for a follow-on ICEF grant to procure and install the solar panels and to implement some energy efficiency measures.


Volunteer help needed

PUNL needs volunteer help with social media. If you have skills in this area please email: powerupnorthlondon@gmail.com.

PUNL meetings on hold

We were in the process of planning a series of events to get all of our investors together, but in light of the current Covid-19 crisis, this is on hold and we will update you in due course. In the meantime stay safe.

Net-zero Islington by 2030?

Islington Council has produced a consultation paper: Vision 2030: Building a net zero Islington by 2030 in response to its declaration of a climate emergency and what it plans to do to meet the target.

Originally it wanted to hold a series of workshops, but due to the Covid-19 crisis, it is consulting online, and will provide more information when the crisis is lessened.

Islington Council says it is aiming for a fairer place for everyone by reducing inequalities which are made worse by climate change and states that although it has a leading role, it must work closely with residents, businesses and community groups.

More information:

GLA pushes for Neighbourhood Planning support for renewables

In a report, the Greater London Assembly has urged the mayor to reintroduce policy and text that explicitly sets out how Neighbourhood Planning can support local priorities and renewable energy schemes and the Mayor’s Good Growth objectives.

Budget and renewables

Although the government allocated £100 million funding to replace fossil fuel heating in homes and small, non-domestic buildings and an extension to the Renewable Heat Incentive post-2021, albeit for 12 months, community energy groups were disappointed there wasn’t a reinstatement of Social Investment Tax Relief.

Also missing – a reverse in the increase from 5-20% for Energy Saving Measures.

Separately, community energy organisations have been given a six month extension to complete and register feed-in tariff projects.

Hampstead School share offer closed

The PUNL share offer for Hampstead School has now sold out. This follows completion of the Muswell Hill Golf Club share offer. We would like to send our thanks to everyone that invested and promoted the share offers.

The team is now working on commissioning the installations over the coming weeks and we will share further details on timelines shortly.

Investors can expect to receive further information on their shareholding in early February and we will also share plans on celebration events in due course.

Hampstead School solar shares three quarters sold, Muswell Hill offer closed

The PUNL share offer for Muswell Hill Golf Club has sold out. The offer for Hampstead School is nearly three quarters sold.

PUNL has to raise £46,000 by 31 January to deliver the school installation by the end of March and local people can invest anything between £250 and £4,500 in a green, ethical investment, with a projected 2% return.

Don’t miss out and follow through on New Year green resolution(s) and take an active stake in the ownership and management of locally produced renewable energy by investing now.  

It is a ‘winners all round’ project, as the school gets cheaper, greener energy; investors see a return on their ethical investment and the project will save 230 tonnes of carbon over the first 20 years.

Camden Council sees this as an important project in terms of turning their climate emergency declaration into action and partner with different organisations. Hampstead School has not only stressed this project will save them money on energy bills but also educate pupils on the environment and renewables. For PUNL, it will help lead the way to more solar school projects – and any surplus generated will go towards other local community energy projects.

PUNL launches 3rd and 4th share offers!

PUNL today launched its third and fourth share offers, for Hampstead School and Muswell Hill Golf Club. Overall, PUNL is looking to raise £83,000 to install 77kWp of solar panels, more than doubling our current solar generating capacity. It is estimated that the two projects will enable the avoidance of over 350 tonnes of carbon emissions and the sites will receive a discount on the clean energy sold to them by PUNL.

You can invest between £250 and £4,600 (for Hampstead) and £3,700 (for MHGC). Investors will receive 2% annual interest over the 20 year life of the investment. Invest early to avoid disappointment – our last share offer closed within two weeks, and if we do not raise the funds by the deadlines (18th Jan for MHGC, 31st Jan for Hampstead), the projects will not go ahead.

This is a great opportunity to do your bit to fight the climate emergency at the end of a year that has seen unprecented progress in public interest and awareness as well as political engagement. We thank our partners at the GLA, Camden Council and MHGC for helping us to get to this stage.

Power Up North London is a community business that delivers renewable energy and energy saving projects. To date, we have completed two solar installs at St Anne’s Church in Highgate, and Caversham Group Practice in Kentish Town. We have also delivered a range of other projects in relation to LED lighting, energy saving advice, and private wire.

Contact us at powerupnorthlondon@gmail.com if you have any questions, would like to find out more, or are interested in a project.

Autumn newsletter

100 tonnes of carbon savings over the next three years

We are aiming to raise c. £80,000 of core funding over the next two years, to help achieve this as quickly and effectively as possible.

Why donate?
The funds will allow us to pay for feasibility studies, and also to invest in staff to help develop new projects.


The upfront investment would enable us to unlock a further £300,000 in investments and – more importantly – reach our carbon reduction target.

What next?
Please donate any amount to help us achieve our goals and contribute to combating climate change.


Do e-mail us at powerupnorthlondon@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Call for volunteers with engineering, marketing and social media skills

The declaration of a climate emergency means that our work is gaining growing attention and support which is great, but we are looking for more volunteers to help us.

Power Up North London is also launching two major new share offers soon and will need your help.

We are particularly keen to hear from engineers with experience of project management – particularly the renewables sector. Also, anyone with marking experience would be welcome to the fold and social media skills would be a bonus.

Please contact PUNL: powerupnorthlondon@gmail.com if you can help.

Solar for schools

Wouldn’t it be great if most schools in Camden and Islington were able to generate solar energy?  

Not only would schools benefit from cheaper, cleaner electricity, but the installations and accompanying display panels they would also provide a ‘teaching moment’ for pupils, parents and the wider community.  Science lessons could centre on the physics of panels; geography on the contribution of the energy transition to reversing climate breakdown; maths on the costs and benefits of scaling home grown energy and politics and economics of government subsidies for fossil fuels versus clean energy!!!

We are in advanced discussions with Camden Council to make this idea a reality on at least two schools in the borough.  This would be our largest project to date – installing up to a total of !50 Kw generating capacity.  We estimate that at least 80% of the electricity will be used by the schools, with the remainder exported to the grid.

The project will make good financial sense for PUNL and for shareholders.  By bundling the scheme into one agreement, we are able to keep our legal costs down, and because these are larger installations and the schools themselves are large users we are able to realise some economies of scale.

It will be our largest share offer yet – we will need to raise between  £70,000-£100,000.  So we will need your help getting the word out there!  The share offer should be launched in December, so what about buying friends and family members a really novel, climate friendly present – shares in community energy?

To find out more: email Power Up North London and we will get in touch when the offer goes live. 

Caversham Practice update

PUNL completed the installation of the 30kWp PV solar array at The Caversham Group Practice mid-March 2019  We are delighted that the site has already generated an estimated 20,730 kWh in it’s first six months, displacing 7.4 tonnes of carbon dioxide and saving the practice £312 in electricity costs.  It has been great to work together with The Caversham Group practice on this positive initiative.

For project updates, please use the dropdown menus under Projects.   

Think&Do

Following one of the recommendations from the Citizens Assembly: “to mobilise community”,  Transition Kentish Town along with other community groups are working with Camden Council to co-design a pop up community space which is opening next week in Kentish Town. 

Based in the old Flapjacks cafe, Think&Do will be a community space for Climate and Eco Action. Open for 6 weeks every Thursday-Saturday, midday to 8pm from the beginning of November, it is a space for the community to come together to co-create ideas to address the Climate and Ecological Emergency in Camden.

Power Up North London is giving a talk on renewable energy from 6pm-8pm on 8 November.

Think&Do will be hosting “Imagination workshops, energy forums, ideas for greening up, share and repair, transport and pollution campaigning, fashion up-cycling, film-screening, a school wall, mapping workshops, and Saturday surplus suppers cooked with Vegbox”:

There will even be an energy bike to power a string of solar lights! Come and burn up some calories.


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.