About this project
Energy Gardens are spaces for local people to come together and grow food, generate and use clean energy, improve the local environment and build their community. They are green spaces where people will have the opportunity to get their hands in the soil to grow vegetables, get on roofs to install solar panels, communicate with other gardening groups via solar powered interactive message boards and learn about how to make preserves, brew beer, harvest honey, store seeds, cook and support biodiversity.
Crops from the garden will be shared with local people and food banks. Projects like honey and hops will be shared with volunteers and supporters.
With the support of Players of the People’s Postcode Lottery and the London Sustainable Development Commission, and in partnership with community gardening experts Groundwork London, Repowering is creating fifty gardens across the capital’s Overground stations.
In addition to managing solar powered water pumps, lights and notice boards in the Energy Gardens, Repowering will create a community owned solar array. The funds for the installation will be raised through a community share offer, providing local people with the opportunity to receive a return on their clean energy investment. In addition to providing an annual return to investors, the income generated by the sale of the solar electricity will sustain the gardening projects by covering the ongoing cost of materials and general upkeep.
Repowering will also deliver a programme of training and internship opportunities throughout the project.
Get involved in your community
To find out more information about how you can get invovled send us an e-mail at email@example.com
Get involved as a business
Energy Garden offers your organisation a unique opportunity to support innovative community projects across London that will build clean energy infrastructure and create green spaces within urban areas. As the Energy Gardens will be seen by thousands of Londoners passing through the capital’s Overground stations each day, this represents a fantastic opportunity to associate your name with this exciting new programme.
There are three main ways in which your organisation could get involved:
- Lease of your assets to house solar array
A portion of your roof space or land area could be used to house an array of solar panels for twenty years and support this project while providing you with financial benefits via rental income or the use of discounted renewable electricity.
- Become a shareholder by investing in solar energy
By becoming a shareholder in the Energy Garden solar array through our community share offer, you could support the upkeep of the gardens and also receive a 4% annual return on your investment. In addition, you may be eligible to receive tax relief advantages. (Tax relief opportunities depend on the nature of your organisation – please get in touch to discuss this further)
- Internships and training opportunities
By supporting Energy Garden internships and training opportunities, your organisation could help develop local skills and talent while building ties with your local community. You could even get directly involved with the Energy Garden projects by participating in staff team building and volunteering days.
Get in touch
For more information please visit www.energygarden.org.uk
It looks like an awesome project to support sustainability on my neighbourhood
Great idea to combine gardening with generating solar energy. Something we should also do on our estate, where community gardening is already very popular.
I looks like an excellent project, looking forward to hearing about progress.
This seems a terrific project, wish that I lived nearer.
What a fantastic project. Cant wait to get involved helping and learning with it!