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

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WE WON!

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

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.

VOTE FOR US AT https://www.mandsenergyfund.com/project/27498/

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 https://www.mandsenergyfund.com/project/27498/

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!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YOURENERGYCOOP

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.

Tell your friends about our SELCE video

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Roger and Luke

Here is Roger Mason (left), a local graphic artist who very kindly agreed to create the animation for our SELCE video. With him is Luke Ogden (right) and his brother Nick (taking the photo) who used their creative genius to put the video together.  Their ingenuity includes using a skateboard to film our ‘Reservoir Dogs’ sequence with Luke and camera on the skateboard and Nick pushing. Ah the glamour.

 

Greenwich mayor to save over £600 on his fuel bills

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Following SELCE’s pop-up energy cafes in Greenwich in Lewisham, almost 150 people received advice and support on cutting their fuel bills and making their homes warmer. And we got a mention in the local newspaper: here’s Alex presenting our ‘cozy quid’ emblem to the mayor of Greenwich who popped in to see how we were getting on and ended up being advised on how to make £600-worth of savings himself.

Alex and mayor

Photo credit: Adam Pope

On the subject of press coverage, we also had a really great article in Greenwich magazine: check it out here.

SELCE receive business award from Greenwich Council

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A warm welcome from the SELCE co-operative!

Almost exactly a year after SELCE came to life, three of our directors found themselves at Woolwich Town Hall receiving a business award from the mayor of Greenwich (and the leader of Greenwich council) for our innovative approach to using solar energy. It was a good evening. We even got a bunch of flower that matched our t-shirts.
SELCE with mayor

Photo credit: Brian Aldrich

Here we are with the other prize winners. It was great to be with so many people who are putting their energies into making communities in SE London more resilient. Following the presentation, the mayor said: ‘SELCE’s progress over its first year has been impressive and I am confident that the co-operative will make a big contribution to reducing fuel poverty and building strong communities in south east London.’
Selce with mayor 2

Photo credit: Brian Aldrich

The day after the civic awards ceremony, we joined thousands of people on the Time2Act climate march through central London.  It felt good to be offering a positive solar contribution to tackling the climate change as well as joining those who were campaigning against crazy government policies like fracking and nuclear energy. And, with all the sunshine we got, Alex was able to charge her phone using the mini solar panel on her backpack. Now that’s what I call multi-tasking.
SELCE March 2015 2

Photo credit: Sandrine Vaconnet