South East London Community Energy (Selce) was born in 2014, when a group of people living in Greenwich & Lewisham became so concerned about climate change that they decided to come up with a formula that would help to create a clean and just energy future.
We began by increasing South-East London’s capacity for solar energy generation. To date we have installed community, member-owned solar panels on 11 schools, community buildings, churches and even a local hotel. Supplying power to the buildings they sit on, each year the arrays collectively generate 487,326 kilowatt-hours of clean electricity. Over the 20-year lifetime of our project these installations will prevent nearly 7 million metric tons of carbon emissions and save the site owners more than £300,000.
For the past seven years we have used the surplus funds from our solar sites to support local communities that are experiencing fuel poverty. We do this through energy advice, energy debt management, advocacy and education including:
More recently, we have developed our expertise to help households, organisations and businesses make their homes more energy efficient through behaviour change, raising awareness of different available technologies and supporting their installation of solar arrays. We run three main programmes that respond to this need: LED-ing the way! and Future-Fit Homes programmes.
As an award-winning member of Community Energy England, Selce is proud to be part of a national network of community energy groups that are paving the way for a cleaner, fairer, brighter future.
Listen to Camilla Berens, Chair, speaking about the early days of Selce on the Activist Awakenings podcast (47 minute listen).