Community owned solar power in Brixton

Brixton Energy is a not-for-profit co-operative based in south London. We create cooperatively owned renewable energy projects whose financial revenues stay within the local community. Our vision is to create a greener future for Brixton by:

  • generating energy in Brixton
  • increasing Brixton’s energy resilience and security
  • raising awareness about energy efficiency and tackling fuel poverty
  • providing training and employment for local people

 

Brixton Energy Solar 2 up and running!

We have now completed fundraising for our second project, Brixton Solar Energy 2 in Styles Gardens on the Loughborough Estate. The solar panels have been installed and the project is now generating electricity.

We raised funding through a community share offer, with an expected average annual return on investment of 3% and up to 50% tax relief under the Government’s Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme. If you are interested in investing in future projects you can pledge money using our online form.

Panels being installed on the roof of Styles Gardens. (Photos and video by Tim Mitchell)

Brixton Energy Solar 1 – our first project

Solar panels on the roof of Elmore house

Community owned solar panels on the roof of Elmore house

In March we completed our first project: Brixton Energy Solar 1. The project has installed several hundred square metres of solar panels on the roof of Elmore House in the Loughborough Estate in Brixton. The solar panels started generating power on the 30th of March 2012.

Benefits to the local community

Part of the income generated will be reinvested in the Community Energy Efficiency Fund for energy-saving improvements in the local area, such as:

  • draught busting
  • retrofits
  • home energy audits
  • training on energy efficiency

We believe that community-owned energy is an excellent way to start reducing our dependence on oil, protecting against rising fuel costs and environmental damage. Running our own sources of renewable energy, coupled with reducing our energy consumption, will greatly increase Brixton’s energy security against the effects of peak oil.