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SELCE gets thumbs up from VIPs

Posted by | June 30, 2016 | Uncategorized | No Comments

SELCE’s first solar project has been given a big thumbs-up by local VIPs. To mark the ‘go live’ of our solar arrays, SELCE held two celebrations, one in the borough of Greenwich (at Mulgrave Primary School – see below) and the other in Lewisham (at Ashmead Primary School).

At the Greenwich event in March, local MP, Matthew Pennycook, described the 15-strong team behind SELCE as ‘true pioneers’ who had put in over 6,000 volunteer hours to bring their project to life.

Also at the event, Greater London Authority representative for Greenwich and Lewisham, Len Duvall, said he shared the non-for-profit organsation’s desire for a ‘fairer, more sustainable energy future for London’, while the mayor of Greenwich described SELCE as a, “beacon of light for positive change.”

The Lewisham celebration at the beginning of June was attended by the borough’s mayor, Sir Steve Bullock, who described the project as ‘deeply impressive’. ‘It’s a great project and it’s been really well done,’ he added.  We have estimated that, combined, the solar arrays in our first project will save the schools more than £350,000 over the next 20 years, while carbon emissions will be reduced by a total of almost 2,000 metric tons.

Finally, we were privileged to have leading environmentalist, Jonathon Porritt, as guest speaker for recent our public debate, Never Mind The Brexit: Let’s Get Serious About A Sustainable Future. The former director of Friends of the Earth and ex-chairman of the Commission for Sustainable Development is clearly passionate about the value of community energy and told us that he is a shareholder in no less than ten projects around the country (and he hinted that ours might be his eleventh investment).

Jonathon was also keen to stress how community energy groups are an important focal point for community cohesion and the development of a collective vision of a fairer and greener future. In the light of the shock Brexit vote, it is now more important than ever that we come together to ensure that this vision becomes a reality.

Who benefits

• The schools and community centres, who are our solar partners, benefit from reduced energy bills

• The shareholders benefit from annual interest payments of around 4-5% (and they get their investment money back in full after 20 years)

• SELCE benefits from government payments that are given to organisations which generate renewable energy (feed-in tariffs).

• SE Londoners paying more than 10% of their income on energy bills benefit from SELCE’s initiatives to help reduce their bills and stay warm. These initiatives will be funded by any profits we make from the feed-in tariffs.

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