PUNL awarded £20k funding by Urban Community Energy Fund

The Power Up North London team is delighted to announce that we have been awarded a grant of £19,982 from the Urban Community Energy Fund to deliver two community energy projects in 2016.

The Urban Community Energy Fund is set up to fund feasibility costs for community energy projects in urban environments. It is funded through the Department for Energy & Climate Change (DECC) and is managed by the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) and Pure Leapfrog.

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 will generate locally owned renewable energy and use the profits to benefit our community.

Our plan is to deliver one small and one large solar project in 2016 in North London and more details on these projects will be published as they develop.

PUNL will use the £19,982 provided by UCEF to kickstart these projects. We will partner with a local solar installer to perform detailed feasibility studies to find out the solar capacity of potential roofs. We will also begin the planning permission process and partner with legal experts to set up our precedent and project-specific legal documents. In addition to that we will be refreshing our website and undertaking further community consultation to get a broader view of what our community needs when it comes to social, financial and environmental impact. Get in touch now if you have any views on this that you want to share with us! All of this support will help us tighten up our financial models and create a credible business plan. This grant money will enable us to reach a position where we can launch our share offer where we will ask you, our community, to invest in the capital costs of our projects, becoming investors in your community and owners of clean, local power generation.

Power Up North London now has a working group of around 20 people working on our first projects. There is a huge amount of exciting work for us to do over the next few months, so if you are passionate about climate change and community enterprise, we would love you to get in touch, come along to meetings, and help us to bring real positive change to North London.

Get in touch on powerupnorthlondon@gmail.com

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