What’s better than a community solar project? A community solar project with battery storage!

We’ve entered a competition from the M&S energy fund to install a battery storage system alongside our panels at St. Anne’s Church. this would allow the Church to use the energy in the evenings too, so we don’t have to sell as much back to the grid.  Please click here and click the “vote for project to win” button at the top of the page to vote and help us take our project to the next level!

Thank you!!! We’ve raised £30,100 to fund solar panels at St. Anne’s Church

Last night we closed our first share offer 9 days early after being oversubscribed. We’d like to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who has invested. This means we will be able to install 60 solar panels totalling 19kW at St. Anne’s in September. Find out more about the project here

What happens next?

We have agreed with local installers Joju solar that work will go ahead on the week commencing 12 September, so that we can have the panels connected and up and running by the 29 September deadline.

We will be organising a meetup to view the work being done, and a celebratory drink, during the installation. More information to follow!

All the best,

The PUNL team

Planning application for St. Anne’s Church approved!!

We are incredibly excited to announce that our planning application for a solar project at St. Anne’s Church has been approved by Camden Council!

After initially being told the application may be rejected, we are delighted that the planners reconsidered, taking the social and environmental benefits of the project into account and concluding that the project should go ahead. This certainly wouldn’t have happened with out the 100+ supporting comments we received from people in the local area- so THANK YOU to everyone who commented on the application!

Our next step is to raise £30,000 through a Community Share Offer, allowing you to invest in the project. Learn more and register your interest here


St Anne’s Church Planning Application

Our planning application for St Anne’s Church is now live and can be found here, application number 2016/1791/P . We would appreciate it if supporters of the project could comment on the consultation as we want to be sure that there is strong community support before taking a final decision to go ahead with the project.

After being 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. Anne’s 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 Church’s 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.

Additional aims of the project are to:
• address the challenge of climate change and contribute to locally generated renewable energy for the benefit of the community
• raise awareness of environmental issues within the community
• contribute to long term aims of reducing the need for imported fossil fuel supply, increased local energy resilience, and community cohesion
The installation will provide discounted electricity prices for St Anne’s, which will benefit the funding for activities such as the weekly community lunches, and provide an estimated 16,500 kWh of clean energy per year, equating to 8,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions. This will contribute towards Camden Council’s 40% target for reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 2020.

As the Church is listed and in a conservation area, a large part of this feasibility work has been putting together a planning application, which we submitted on 18th March 2016. The visual impact of the panels will be low as the south facing roof is obscured by foliage and buildings from most view points (see below pictures). The roof is most visible from St. Anne’s Close and we will be consulting individually with residents there.

To comment on the planning application, please follow the below steps:

  1. Click the link above or here
  2. Click ‘Add comments here’ in the Application Progress Summary box
  3. Follow the instructions on the next page and ‘Submit’

More information on the project can be found here.

Many thanks for your support!