ALDGATE SOLAR POWER

Repowering is delighted to be developing the first community-owned solar project in the City of London. Working with local people and the City of London Corporation, the plan is to install solar panels on rooftops in the Middlesex Street Estate in the Portsoken ward.

A feasibility study indicated that the site has capacity for a 50kW solar array, costing £48,000 to install. Funding for the project will be raised by selling shares in the project to community members and by additional sources such as  carbon offset schemes and donations from corporations as part of their corporate social responsibility strategies.

It is estimated that 80% of the electricity generated will be sold to the City of London Corporation to power the site’s communal areas. The remaining energy will be sold to a licensed energy supplier to be used off-site.

A £10,000 grant has already been secured from the City of London Corporation’s Stronger Communities Fund, which will be used to develop the project over the next 12 months and engage local people. Repowering  has commissioned a structural survey, and is currently doing the legal groundwork and supporting community engagement.

Interested in finding out more or getting involved? Get in touch at info@repowering.org.uk or call 020 3674 7519

The benefits to the community

COMMUNITY FUND

An estimated £10,000 will be raised from the sale of electricity and spent within the local community

CHEAP & CLEAN POWER

The local council will receive cheap, clean electricity and a reduction in their electirity bill

EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES

Training will be offered to young people, giving them valuable skills for the future

ETHICAL INVESTMENT

Local residents and anyone in the community can invest in the project

FIGHTING CLIMATE CHANGE

C02 emissions will be reduced by 20 tonnes a year – a total of 400 tonnes over project’s life time

TACKLING FUEL POVERTY

Our fuel poverty initiatives will reduce the energy bills of local people and alleviate hardship

COMMUNITY COHESION

The project will bring residents together in a fun and worthwhile cause

How it works

We will set up a Community Benefit Society to run the project and serve as the vehicle through which funds are raised. Community benefit societies are legal entities whose statutory purpose is to serve the broader interests of the community. By using this model we ensure that financial returns are locked into the City of London, delivered back to the community, thereby delivering a truly socially responsible energy project.

Local residents, businesses, councils and other stakeholders can invest in the society by purchasing shares and becoming shareholders and members. The society is run by its members and a board of directors who come from the local community. Governance of the society is truly democratic as each member has one vote, regardless of the amount they invest.

The funds raised through the shares allows the society to buy and install renewable energy assets (solar panels) and provides an income stream. Shareholders receive a competitive return on their investment in the range of 3-4% per annum. After meeting core costs and investor returns, surplus income is ring-fenced to be spent within the community.

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