Styles Gardens, Loughborough Estate
Our second project, Brixton Energy Solar 2, saw the installation of 45kW of solar electric (photovoltaic) panels on the roofs of Styles Gardens, five of the housing blocks in the Loughborough Estate, Brixton. The Estate is owned by Lambeth Council and managed by the Loughborough Estate Management Board (LEMB). We secured approval from Lambeth Council to install solar panels on the roofs following multiple consultation events with the residents of the estate in June and July 2012, and the install was completed in October 2013.
Some of the electricity generated from the solar panels is used by LEMB directly to power the communal spaces in Styles Gardens. The remainder of electricity generated by the project is exported to the National Grid.
The combined array saves approximately 16 tons of CO2 every year by displacing electricity generated by coal and gas power stations. Funds for the project were raised 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. Read more about the Styles Gardens project.