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NORTH KENSINGTON
COMMUNITY ENERGY

NKCE Youth Training Programme

IN 2018, Repowering delivered it’s Youth Training Programme for 16 young people on behalf of NKCE. The young people gain skills in renewable technology, communications, energy efficiency, community engagement and more. The Trainees gained five AQA certificates and were paid the London Living Wage for participating.

We hope to run our Youth Training Programme in the area again soon. You can hear from some of the Trainees in our video below.

NKCE: Greener Living Day

In February 2020 NKCE held RBKC’s first ever Greener Living Day. We invited 12 sustainability groups working in and around the North Kensington area to share our successes with the wider world. The day was and incredible success, with over 100 attendees including the Deputy Mayor. Unfortunately due to Covid we have not been able to hold another Greener Living Day yet, but we plan to do so as soon as it’s safe.

The Greener Living day made possible with support from the RBKC Climate Change Team and a grant from the Westway Trust.

NKCE: Solar Panel making workshops

NKCE holds free solar panel making workshops for children and adults across the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
 
By showing people how to make their own solar powered mobile phone chargers, we build understanding of the benefits of renewable electricity.
 
We have delivered our workshops to schools, at the Bay20 Community Center and with the Portobello Pavillion. We look forward to sharing the joys creating your own electricity with more people as soon as we are able.

An award winning co-op

North Kensington Community Energy was awarded the “Community Renewable Energy Project Award” by Community Energy England and Community Energy Wales in 2019. In 2020 NKCE was awarded the “Inspirational Community Project” award at the Green Heart Hero awards held by the Climate Coalition.

Both awards were are in recognition of our education and outreach work, in addition to installing our solar panels!

 

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Governance

NKCE currently has 5 voluntary directors. Their role is to ensure the Community Benefit Society is running well and support its development.

Volunteers and directors hold regular meetings to develop NKCE. We have defined a set of values to make decisions and work together effectively:

  • Be positive
  • Be respectful
  • Speak succinctly and let everyone have their say
  • Agree by consensus
  • Be responsible for actions you agreed to undertake and be honest if you find you can’t fulfil them or need to ask for help
  • Listen to hear

You can contact each of our directors by clicking on their picture. Alternatively please email info@repowering.org.uk for thier contact details.

Felix is the Technical Director and leads technical development and emerging business models for Repowering. These include applying our new energy storage technologies, deploying remote metering and developing new electricity supply arrangements.

Dave is Project Manager for NKCE and works with local schools to develop educational workshops and the NKCE Community Energy Training Programme. Dave is also an active community organiser and activist.

 

Afsheen is Co-Founder of Repowering, Chair of the Brixton Energy Solar Co-operatives and Chair of Community Energy England. She remains influential in local and national community energy decision making.

Toby is a community artist and designer who has delivered over 60 community-based art and design projects across North Kensington. He was a trader in Portobello Market for ten years, a local primary school governor for eight years & a trustee for a local community transport provider

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Neil is a resident in North Kensington, where he is involved in community life through his church, NKCE and other environmental organisations. As a director, Neil is helping raise awareness about community energy in RBKC, so that every resident has the opportunity to be involved in tackling climate change in the borough. Neil is studying for a PhD in climate policy at Imperial College in South Kensington.