Photo: Adam Pope
On the first truly Spring-like day of the year, SELCE was joined by Greenwich-based VIPs, members and schoolkids to celebrate the success of our £250,000 community share offer and the official switch-on of our 184-panel solar array at Mulgrave Primary School in Woolwich.
Describing SELCE as a “beacon of light” for positive change in the world, Greenwich’s mayor, Norman Adams, gave us a big thumbs as he unveiled a specially installed solar display unit near the school’s entrance. The unit will show Mulgrave pupils how much energy the solar array produces each day.
MP for Greenwich and Woolwich, Matthew Pennycook, and London Assembly member for Greenwich and Lewisham, Len Duvall, gave short speeches commending SELCE, its members and volunteers for their pioneering work. The mayor and Matthew Pennycook later joined us on the roof to see the panels at first hand.
‘It is inspiring to see the huge effort that SELCE has put into making their vision become a reality. We all share their desire for a fairer, more sustainable energy future for London and the co-operative has my wholehearted support.’ Len Duvall, Assembly Member for Greenwich and Lewisham.
“I am enormously impressed by how much the SELCE team has achieved in a comparatively short period of time. They are true pioneers and community-based projects like theirs should be supported by both local and national government to accelerate the development of renewable energy in the UK.” Matthew Pennycook, MP for Greenwich and Woolwich.
Pupils from Mulgrave’s Eco Team presented bunches of daffodils to guests who had ‘gone beyond the call of duty to support SELCE’ and had become what Giovanna described as a ‘coalition of the willing’ to make our first solar project come to life. We gave particular thanks to local councillor Harry Singh, Mulgrave’s former head teacher, Dr David Dixon, and Claire Pritchard from Greenwich Co-operative Development Agency who have all championed SELCE from the very beginning.
SELCE will be holding a second celebration in Lewisham with borough mayor Sir Steve Bullock on the evening of June 14th.
Photos Selim Korycki