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Affordable warmth: fuel poverty facts and what’s available to assist clients

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Come along to this free, informative and practical workshop and find out more about what is available to help you and your clients keep warm and well at home for less cost.

Even if you have attended a similar event, this area is always changing so come along and find out the latest information.

This feedback for a previous session sums up the day: “It was actually very useful and sort of fun!”

You will find out:

  • What fuel poverty is, who it affects and the impact on health
  • How to get the best deal for energy bills (this should help your household too!)
  • What support and finanical help is available locally and nationally
  • What can be done to save money and energy
  • Which schemes are available for vulnerable clients

We’ll be providing everything you need to know without adding hugely to your already large work load!

Any questions please phone the Selce office on 0208 269-4882.

Book NOW on our Eventbrite page – our sessions normally fill up fast. If you cannot make this date, another session will be run in January.

Date and Time

Tue 6 December 2016
14:00 – 17:00 GMT


Unit 6 Greenwich Centre Business Park
53 Norman Road
se10 9qf


Carbon Conversations: hosted by SELCE! Starting 16th September

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Carbon Conversations

You up for a bit of values based lifestyle shift?

Join our 2 wonderful facilitators for a series of 6 friendly, practical groups that help you face climate change and chose what steps you want to make to shift to a lower carbon higher enjoyment lifestyle. Carbon reductions of 1 tonne CO2 are typically made by each member during the course, with plans developed to halve individual footprints over a 4-5 year period.

One of The Guardian’s “20 ideas that could save the world”.

What is Carbon Conversations?

Carbon Conversations Groups offer a supportive group experience that helps people halve their personal carbon footprint.  They deal with the difficulties of change by connecting to values, emotions and identity. The groups are based on a psychological understanding of how people change.

Groups of 6-8 members meet with trained facilitators in homes, community centres, workplaces or other venues. The 6 meetings create a non-judgmental atmosphere where people are encouraged to make lifestyle changes. The groups offer:

  • reliable, well-researched information and practical guidance on what will make a difference
  • space for people to explore what climate change means for themselves, their families and their aspirations
  • support in creating a personal plan for change

The meetings use professionally designed, reliable materials to cover climate change basics, ideas for a low-carbon future and the four key areas of the footprint – home energy, travel, food and other consumption.

Discussions of practicalities are woven together with discussions of what these changes mean personally.

This course is free but there is a £20 cost to buy the workbook and Ro Randall’s book “In Time For Tomorrow” for each participant.

We will then meet every other Friday for a total of 6 weeks.

Unit 6 Greenwich Centre Business Park – 53 Norman Road, Greenwich, se10 9qf

Book your place via Eventbrite

For more information about Carbon Conversations

Don’t delay, invest today: only a few days left

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share offerWe’ve had a fantastic response to our share offer and we’re well on the way to reaching our target of £250,000. A big thank you to everyone who has already invested.

Our question and answer session at the Novotel in Greenwich on October 15th attracted a lot of interest and it was great to meet so many new supporters. Huge thanks to the Green Kite Midnight Ceilidh Band for getting us up and dancing afterwards. If you haven’t yet got around to investing, please don’t delay.

One of the potential investors who came to the Q&A event made a very good point: she told us that she’d tried to become a shareholder with a similar community energy project in East London but that she had left it to the last minute – only to discover the there were no shares left because a couple of investors had snapped up all the remaining ones a week before the closing date.

If you have already invested in our project, welcome to the SELCE community! We would also really appreciate it if you would continue to spread the word about the share offer to friends and family. We’ve reached £100,000 already and we’re committed to raising enough solar funds for all four of our partner schools.

Here are five reasons to become a SELCE shareholder:

A unique opportunity that may not be repeated:  SELCE will only be able to offer 30% tax relief to investors for our first share offer.  After that, proposed changes in government policy means that we will  probably have to re-shape our business model.

A fantastic Christmas present for yourself or a child:  SELCE shares are the gift that keeps on giving. Not only are you investing in a greener, fairer future for SE London but SELCE intends to pay you 4% annual interest on your initial investment for 20 years. If you are a UK tax payer, you will almost certainly be able to claim the 30% tax relief as well. Investors need to be over 16 to but you can nominate a child and the shares will become theirs when they are 16.

A great way to enhance your kids’ education fund: because we are encouraging investors to stay with us over the long term, the SELCE project is a useful way of committing cash until your kids are ready to go to university  – while receiving a competitive interest rate.

A great legacy for your family: SELCE shares are exempt from inheritance tax, so you can pass them on in your will and they won’t lose any of their value.

A real stride towards a better future: we have estimated that our first project will save around 94 metric tonnes of CO2 emissions each year. Meanwhile our four ‘partner’ primary schools will save about £358,000 in electricity costs over 20 years – so they will have extra cash to spend on the things they really need.

Don’t forget, the minimum investment is £250 and the maximum is £20,000.SELCE 1st community share offer  small

And, most important of all, the closing date is Wednesday November 11th.

For more detailed information please visit phone us on 02082694882 to invest with us directly or go straight to the Microgenius website and sign up today.

Please note: this share offer is NOT effected by proposed changes to the Feed in Tariff.

Winners of the M&S Energy Competition – Judges Innovation Prize

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It was a close run thing… for weeks we were neck and neck in the race for first place in the M&S Community Energy Competition. Unfortunately we were pipped at the post and left trying our best to be honourable third place holders! However, we later received a very exciting email advising that we had been selected as the winner of the Judges Innovation Prize and we are over the moon.

We and our partners get to build this wonderful solar generator to take to community events.

We will have a renewables roadshow!

renewable roadshow

EBICO funding helps SELCE offer impartial face to face energy advice

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EBICO funding helps SELCE offer impartial face to face energy advice in their pop-up People Power cafes in Greenwich and Lewisham with a free cup of tea and a slice of café & LED bulb

Come along to South East London Community Energy’s ‘People Power Cafés’ and get expert advice on how to improve your energy efficiency and reduce your fuel bills.

Pheonix_066 smallYour neighbour is probably paying less than you for electricity and gas – so come and find out how SELCE’s advisors can help to keep you warm this winter over a cup of tea and a slice of cake (or something just as nice).

Thanks to funding from the EBICO Energy Trust, SELCE is delighted to announce that it will be running bi-weekly energy advice cafes for the next four months.

The cafes will be hosted at The Green Man café every Monday from 10am to 4.30pm and every Thursday at the Woolwich Common Community Centre from 10am to 4.30pm until the beginning of December.

During December and January we are looking for other venues In Greenwich and Lewisham to host the People Power Cafes – so if you have any suggestions please get in touch.

The cafes will offer personalised, independent, face-to-face advice on how to get the best deal from energy suppliers, make your home more energy efficient and tackle energy debts.

We particularly want to provide assistance to older people, households with young children, people with disabilities or long-term health problems and those on low incomes.

Everyone who receives a consultation will get a FREE hot drink and piece of cake together with an energy saving light bulb worth £7.

gi energy adviceJoin us at:

The Green Man
355 Bromley Road
London SE6 2RP

Every Monday from Monday 12th October to Monday 7th December 10.00am – 4.30pm


Woolwich Common Community Centre
16 Leslie Smith Square
London SE18 4DW

Every Thursday from Thursday 15th October to Thursday 10th December 10.00am -4.30pm

Just drop-in for a consultation or to book a time. Alternatively, call SELCE on 07468 231 204 or 0208 2694882 to book ahead.

For further information, contact Alex Hartley at
Twitter @SELonCommEnergy @alexharteco #peoplepowercafe

Become a shareholder in SELCE’s first project!

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SELCE 1st community share offer 654 smallLess than 18 months after its formation, South East London Community Energy (SELCE) is ready to offer you the chance to become a shareholder in its first project.

We’re aiming to raise £250,000 to provide solar panels for four local primary schools: Ashmead and Horniman Schools in Lewisham and Mulgrave and Charlton Park Academy in Greenwich.

So what’s in it for you?

  • We intend to pay our investors 4% interest per year on their shares
  • You may be eligible for 30% tax relief under the Enterprise Investment Scheme
  • Shares may be exempt from inheritance tax if they are held for more than 2 years

And what about the community and the planet?

Mulgrave_Mayor_Alex_kids3 smallSELCE’s solar arrays will save more than 94 tonnes of CO2 emissions each year while the schools themselves will save an estimated £358,000 in electricity costs over the 20 year project – enabling them to spend more money on the thing they do best, teach!

SELCE launched its community share offer at Mulgrave Primary School in Woolwich on the 30th September and we were joined by the Mayor of Greenwich, Norman Adams, Greenwich Council’s deputy leader, Cllr John Fahy and staff from Lewisham council and Royal Borough of Greenwich and school govenors.

The photos above show our launch and some of Mulgrave’s Eco Team pupils holding cards which formed the words, ‘Invest in our future’.

The share offer is open to anyone over 16 and runs for six weeks until midnight on Wednesday 11th November.

As well as paying interest and returning capital to investors, we aim to produce £90,000 of surplus over the life of the project. This will be used to expand the work we already do to reduce fuel poverty in South East London.

SELCE 1st community share offer smallThe government is threatening to dramatically reduce the feed-in tariff subsidy that is paid to renewable energy providers – so it is unlikely that we will be able to offer such an attractive share package with our future projects. (This and our next offer should be secure thanks to our pre-accreditation measures).

And with ISAs and high street bank savings accounts currently providing minimal interest, investing in SELCE is a way to provide you and SE London with a brighter future.

If you’d like to learn more about investing in SELCE’s solar project – including the risks and benefits – please download a brochure and application form.

Alternatively you can call us direct on 020 8269 4882 to ask questions directly or request a hard copy of our brochure.

As with all investments, our shares could lose some, or all, of their value and they are not protected by the Government’s Financial Services Compensation Scheme or the Financial Ombudsman Service.

More information can be found on this website or from the Microgenius investment platform
We would like to give huge thanks to all of our partners, advisors and supporters and we look forward to welcoming new investors and members.

Vote for SELCE and get our ‘solar trailer’ on the road!

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South East London Community Energy has come up with a wheely good idea.

We want to drive home the benefits of solar power with a specially-designed ‘solar trailer’ that can be used at local fairs, fun-days and festivals in Greenwich and Lewisham.


As well as providing free, clean energy, the trailer would be staffed by SELCE volunteers who could provide information about how solar works and the different ways it can be used.

The trailer will also give us a great opportunity to spread the word about our work on tackling fuel poverty and helping local primary schools to reduce their energy bills with solar power.

Help us to win the M&S Energy Competition so that we can build our trailer! To win we need you to vote for us so please follow this link

MandScompHave a look at our short presentation to see what our colourful, information-packed, solar trailer would look like.

Say goodbye to dirty, smelly diesel generators.

Give us the green light and vote for SELCE’s solar trailer.

Plug in to SELCE – make your voice count!

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What makes community energy different? You do! Yes YOU: the person sat there reading this blog post. It’s you that makes community energy exciting and vibrant. The best community energy projects respond to the needs and aspirations of local residents.

To be just that we need to know more about what you would like from us – your local community energy group. It’s for this reasons that would like you to fill our a survey reflecting on what we’re currently doing and what you would like to see us do in the future. This will help us to plan our programme of activities going forward.

It will only take you 5 minutes. Help us to be the plugged-in community energy project that South East London deserves!

SELCE spreads the word at summer fairs

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Charlton Community Day
SELCE has been attending various community events such as Lewisham People’s Day as part of their extra engaging with the community work. On Sunday 19th July SELCE attended the Charlton Community Day in the grounds of Charlton House. The event was organised by Global Fusion Music & Arts.

Alex Hartley running the South East London Community Energy stall at Charlton Community Day in Charlton Park.

Alex Hartley running the South East London Community Energy stall at Charlton Community Day in Charlton Park.

There were free workshops in drumming, dance, mask making, jewellery making, juggling, massage and yoga. Plus SELCE’s Alex joined in with the Tai Chi flashmob. SELCE wholly support GFMA’s ethos of using creativity to build confidence.

During the day we were asking the public what they thought about sustainable energy and what they thought SELCE’s priorities should be regards the share offer and resulting profits. The findings will contribute to a wider consultation that SELCE is carrying out in the community. Please get in touch if you are involved with any local events that we could come along to.We will be attending more community events like Party in the Park in Deptford on the 5th September.

SELCE wins funding for pioneering research on fuel poverty

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Dr Mari Martiskainen from the Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand (CIED), together with our Dr Giovanna Speciale have received a grant from The Chesshire Lehmann Fund to investigate the effectiveness of the ‘energy shop’ model, as

Giovanna and the three other doctors who have won funding for fuel poverty research.

Giovanna and the three other doctors who have won funding for fuel poverty research.

a response to fuel poverty. This new research will help researchers, policy makers and the third sector to understand how community groups can reach the vulnerable and what potential impact local activities could have. Despite repeated government pledges to banish fuel poverty once and for all, it is a persistent issue affecting an estimated 2.35 million households in the UK, with several thousand people dying every year because they cannot afford to heat their homes. However, thanks to community responses, such as SELCE, new ways are emerging to address fuel poverty.

We note four emminent Doctors: Dr Giovanna Speciale from SELCE, Dr Brenda Boardman and Dr Anne Feltham, trustees of Chesshire Lehmann Fund, and Dr Mari Martiskainen, from CIED. Image by Nora Blascsok. Link to original article about the research on the University of Sussex’s website.