Repowering London is a not-for-profit organisation that specialises in facilitating the co-production of community-owned renewable energy projects.

Our vision

  • To create resilient, empowered communities that control and own the generation and usage of renewable energy
  • To promote and facilitate the widescale development and local ownership of renewable energy projects across South London

What we do

We specialise in working with community groups and local authorities to:

  • Reduce CO2 emissions by generating decentralised low-carbon energy
  • Tackle fuel poverty and educate residents about energy efficiency
  • Promote local leadership through co-operative community engagement
  • Provide opportunities for local and responsible financial investment
  • Create training and employment opportunities for local people.

Our services

  • Our team provides the essential technical, financial, legal and administrative expertise needed to successfully deliver your project
  • We offer a range of guidance, advisory and project management services
  • We also provide access to a network of potential investors, ensuring the necessary financial backing for your community owned renewable energy project.

We are a community benefit society with a team of dedicated employees working collaboratively alongside passionate volunteers.

Board

Agamemnon Otero

Chief Executive Officer

Agamemnon is experienced in providing finance solutions for the energy sector including business development, management and operations. He is a director and project manager for Brixton Energy Solar 1, Solar 2 & solar 3. He has previously been Director of Renewable Energy Project Finance and Social Responsibility at Better World Finance and the CFO of Energy Bank Ltd. UK Department for Energy and Climate Change Community Energy Contact group. A speaker on sustainable low carbon economies, Agamemnon has a Master’s degree in Architecture in Advanced Environment & Energy and a Baccalaureate in pre-medicine, Literature and Fine Arts.

Afsheen Kabir Rashid

Chief Operating Officer

Afsheen Kabir Rashid, COO and co-founder, Repowering London. Afsheen is a community energy specialist with 10 years extensive experience of working with communities and Local Authorities. She was a Senior Policy Advisor at DECC, shaping policy on community energy and continues to support the growth of the sector as a Director of Community Energy England. Afsheen Chairs the Brixton Energy Solar Co-operatives, the UK’s first inner-city community-owned solar power stations. Afsheen pioneered and developed Lambeth Council’s Community Energy Programme; Managed the Mayor’s Low Carbon Zone programme in Brixton driving carbon reduction by 12% over a two-year period; was instrumental in setting up the Muslim Women’s Collective in Tower Hamlets that seeks to empower women to play an active role in improving the environment. Afsheen has a MA in Geography and MEnv in Environment, Science and Society.

Syed Ahmed

Chair

Syed has close to 20 years working in the sustainable energy industry, in a wide variety of roles and organisations ranging from Friends of the Earth, the Combined Heat and Power Association, the Greater London Authority, Arup, and as a director of a trade association working in the insulation sector. Syed established Energy for London (www.energyforlondon.org), an independent think tank supporting London’s progress to becoming a low-carbon city. In 2014, he was seconded into the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) undertaking a review of linkages across the Government’s demand side policies. He is also a Director of the Parliamentary Renewable and Sustainable Energy Group (PRASEG), a Trustee for national fuel poverty organisation National Energy Action (NEA), and a policy advisor to the Green Gas Certification Scheme. In 2015 he produced a report on the opportunities for green infrastructure investment in cities for the Green Investment Bank.

Andre Pinho

Andre engineers the world towards less and cleaner energy. He is a chartered engineer, chartered energy manager and a certified measurement and verification professional. He is a director of Brixton Energy Solar 1 and 3, a secretary of Brixton Energy Solar 2 and is a non-executive director of Repowering London. Andre holds a Masters degree in aerospace engineering, including a thesis in large scale wind energy modelling and is a committee member of Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) Energy, Environmental and Sustainability Group (EESG). Andre is an expert in energy efficiency. He has audited and developed projects to save energy for the BBC and 10 Downing St, as well as large multinational corporations in the industrial, pharmaceutical and banking sectors in Europe, Asia and the Americas. Currently he is the European technical lead for a software company (FirstFuel Software) that identifies energy efficiency opportunities in buildings.

Becky Payne

Secretary

Becky has worked for over 25 years in the heritage world. She has been a policy and grant officer with extensive experience in administration, building contracts, engaging with local communities and giving advice on sustaining historic buildings. Becky has held executive positions in public and private institutions including English Heritage and the Church of England’s Church Buildings Division. Now currently working as a freelance consultant and researcher on sustaining historic places of worship through wider community use

Brigid Clarke

Treasurer

Brigid originally qualified as a Chartered Accountant. Her subsequent experience includes Management Consultancy: implementing systems for major infrastructure projects, Business Management: shareholder director of a public relations, lobbying and media group and Project Management: property renovations and community led new build. She is a Lambeth Green Community Champion having co-founded Telford Park CAN to promote energy conservation and efficiency within her local community and in 2011 completed a MSc. Architecture: Advanced Environmental Studies and Energy. She currently provides support to a number of environmental projects including BES1, BES2, BES3.

Charles Bagshaw

Charles is an energy professional who holds a Bachelors in Specialist Economics and a Master’s in Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies where his thesis topic was the Solar PV market in the UK and Feed in Tariffs. Charles draws upon over 10 years’ experience in the energy and built environment industries and also brings knowledge from his time in the financial and media services prior to this. He has accumulated a wealth of experience in energy efficiency, low & zero carbon technologies, planning, carbon markets and funding mechanisms. At Repowering, Charles focuses on business development and technical due diligence, ensuring we are well positioned to achieve our goals of tackling fuel poverty and developing community owned energy assets.

Rebecca Fordham

Rebecca is a communications and advocacy strategist, with a background in journalism, development and child rights. She has worked for BBC, UNICEF and the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). Previously based in New York she launched the International Day of the Girl Child, the Child Rights Business Principles and led emergency response teams in Libya, Haiti and Kenya for UNICEF. Her nine years with the BBC included Newsnight, The Culture Show, and Ten Days to War. Passionate about developing community-led projects, connecting entrepreneurs to funding and growth opportunities: she has advised Body and Soul, Purpose and led workshops with the Africa Yoga Project. Based in London, her home town, she is using her skills to bring Repowering greater visibility.

Taylor Roark

Taylor is a sustainability and renewable energy consultant. He provided legal and strategic advice and assistance on Brixton Energy Solar 1. Taylor worked as commercial and legal manager in the development of offshore wind projects with Mainstream Renewable Power and Airtricity. Prior to that, he practiced corporate law in New York, Tokyo and London. He has been involved in setting up and running community projects, and serves as Secretary for GREEN, a community-owned solar PV co-operative based in North London.

Associates

Will Anderson

Chair

Will is a writer, researcher, designer and self-builder. He is well-known to readers of the Independent for his column Diary of an Eco-builder which described the construction of one of Britain’s first energy self-sufficient homes (on the Brixton-Clapham border). Will has a Masters degree in Energy and Sustainable Development and led the energy and environmental design of the building, which combined exceptional building performance with solar photovoltaic technology. From 2009 to early spring 2011 Will was Senior Researcher at the Centre for Sustainable Energy where he led research into smart meters, energy feedback systems, fuel poverty and energy improvements in historic and listed buildings. His most recent book, Homes for a Changing Climate, focuses on designing buildings to cope with the expected changes in the climate over the 21st century.

Niall Riddell

Niall Riddell has over 10 years of experience with energy and utilities having worked in a number of roles across the sector. He has worked on development of policy and regulation, led EDF Energy’s sustainability agenda and developed corporate strategy for EDF Energy. He has an MBA from CASS Business school and a Masters in Engineering from Newcastle University. Niall provides support to Repowering on strategy and business plans and sees the increasing role of Community and distributed energy as an important step in the evolution of the UK energy industry.

Jason Neylon

Jason has worked for ten years as a software developer for both government and consumer website. Currently he is product manager for energy efficiency at a large UK consumer website. Jason is passionate about using technology to create a better world. He has contributed to UNICEF’s open source RapidFTR project and helps organise London Cleanweb events which promote the use of the web for sustainability.

Martin Sedgwick

Martin Sedgwick is an independent strategy consultant and has over 13 years’ experience of working with leading investment banks to address a range of organisational and technology challenges across multiple markets and geographies. With a keen interest in climate change and energy, Martin has led a number of related initiatives, including the creation of a Corporate Social Responsibility function at a previous consulting firm. At Repowering, Martin focuses on business development and strategy, ensuring the organisation is well positioned to achieve its goals of tackling fuel poverty and developing community owned renewable energy.

Acknowledgments

With special thanks to Rowena Parsons, Duncan Law, Hugo Schonbeck, AnnMarie Davies, Mark Saunders, Jim Pettipher, Alex Meredith, Lambeth Council and the Local Energy Assessment Fund.