On Monday April 3rd, 12 UCL masters students squeezed into the cozy top room of Brixton Impact Hub. It was a warm spring evening, and the international group buzzed with friendly chatter. The students were there to learn all about their upcoming role in the Brixton Energy project; namely, door-knocking to carry out surveys of the residents at Elmore House in Loughborough Estate.
These comprehensive surveys were created to figure out how best individual residents can lower their electricity consumption and bills. These surveys and the corresponding energy advice will all be provided free of charge, and will hopefully help local people save money on their electricity and gas bills. This is a key part of the community outreach aspect of the Brixton energy project, and will be a great way to re-engage with residents who were part of Brixton Energy 1 – the first solar rooftop installation successfully carried out by Repowering London.
This particular open meeting at Brixton Impact hub was led by Repowering London’s own Felix Wight and Afsheen Rashid, and was also attended by the projects director, Andre. The UCL volunteers present asked lots of questions about the survey, the purpose of collecting results, and the project in general. They themselves are preparing for their own research trip abroad, and will be getting great experience from being a part of the Brixton Energy project. We look forward to our next meeting with them when we can practice role-playing the survey, and get ready for the real thing – which is to come in a couple of weeks time.
Brixton Energy open meetings happen every two weeks as part of the Impact Hub Open Projects night at Pop Brixton. They are open to all, and we’d love to see you there!