Kentish Town City Farm success
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:
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
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
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.
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.”
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.”
Spring greetings from PUNL!
Joju Solar, who did a beautiful job installing our panels at St. Anne’s Church, have made a video about the project. We think it looks fab- let us know what you think!
You can find out more on Joju’s website http://www.jojusolar.co.uk/2017/03/28/church-solar-community-help/
Our first AGM will be held on Monday 23 January 2017 at Holly Lodge Community Centre,30 Makepeace Ave, Highgate, London N6 6HL.
All welcome, and we will be heading to The Star pub on Chester Road afterwards for a drink.
- Report from the Chair
- Vote on the Resolutions contained in the Notice of AGM
- Appointment of Chair (Incumbent- Nikki Brain)
- Appointment of Secretary (Incumbent- Ben Pearce)
- Appointment of Treasurer (Incumbent- Adam Spence)
- Appointment of other Directors (Incumbent- Ian Grant)
- Any other business
Appointment of Directors
The positions of Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and Director are open to all to stand for. In the event of there being multiple candidates, appointment will be put to a majority vote.Role descriptions are as follows:
- Chairs monthly meetings of Power Up North London Core Goup
- Oversees the day- to- day running of the organisation working closely with other Directors
- Acts as a first point of contact for many external queries and represents the organisation at events and meetings
- Undertakes project work as needed
- Acts as a spokesperson promoting PUNL’s work and core values
- Responsible for bookkeeping, invoicing and making payments for PUNL
- Leads on development of financial model and uses financial expertise to guide decision making on financial issues
- Leads on the financial aspects of issuing share offers and keeping up with legal and financial requirements of the organization
- Responsible for producing and submitting accounts on time
- Booking venues for Core Group, Board and General meetings
- Distributing agendas and minutes for Core Group, Board and General meetings
- Ensuring Treasurer submits accounts on time and all other legal requirements are satisfied
- All Directors have legal responsibility for Power Up North London
- From April 2017 onwards Directors will meet quarterly to discuss strategic issues relating to the organisation and to assess the work of the Core Group
The Core Group
The Core Group is the lifeblood of PUNL and actively volunteer time in a range of areas from project management to communications to community engagement. Our Core Group is the reason we were able to deliver our first successful project in 2016. Whatever your strengths, we need help to take on new projects and scale up in the coming year. All that is needed is an enthusiasm for community energy!
However we would be especially grateful to hear from people with experience or an interest in:
- Marketing & Communications / Social media
- Community outreach and advice
- Property law
- Project management
- Renewable energy
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions and we hope to see you on the 23rd January.