Here comes the sun – so why don’t we use it for power?

17 June 2015

Solar-generated electricity cuts bills and carbon emissions.

Solar power could provide up to 20 per cent of London’s electricity needs[1].

Solar panels are installed on less than 0.5 per cent of London’s homes[2].

Despite being the most affluent, populous and one of the sunniest parts of the country, London has the lowest amount of installed solar power capacity of any region in the UK.

So why are so few Londoners benefitting from solar power in their homes?

What’s stopping us?

What more could the Mayor do to help Londoners utilise this green energy source and potentially save money?

The London Assembly Environment Committee will launch its investigation into the use of solar energy in London homes tomorrow by visiting a community-led solar project at the Roupell Park Estate in Brixton.

The project, run by Brixton Energy, is unique in London as it helps tackle fuel poverty by generating low-cost electricity for residents. It also provides training and employment for local men and women who install and maintain solar panels used on the estate.

Media are invited to attend.

Location: Brockham Drive, Brixton, London SW2 3RY

Date and Time: Thursday 18 June, 1:30-2:40pm

Closest tube: Brixton (25 minute walk or 6 minute drive)

Closest rail station: Streatham Hill (18 minute walk or 5 minute drive)

 

Notes for Editors:

Decentralised energy capacity study - Phase 1: Technical Assessment Greater London Authority (GLA), October 2011.

Cumulative installations confirmed on the Central Feed-in Tariff Register by Region, Department of Energy & Climate Change, March 2015.

Darren Johnson AM, Chair of the Environment Committee is available for interviews. See contact details below.

Agamemnon Otero (Founding Member & Director, Repowering & Brixton Energy) and Afsheen Kabir Rashid (Co-founder & Director, Repowering London and Chair of Brixton Energy) are also available for interviews.

Two young people who completed internships as part of the scheme and who live on the Roupell Park Estate are also available for interviews.

Location map of meeting point at Roupell Park Estate.

As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.

 

For media enquiries, please contact Mary Dolan on 020 7983 4603. For out of hours media enquiries, call 020 7983 4000 and ask for the London Assembly duty press officer. Non-media enquiries should be directed to the Public Liaison Unit on 020 7983 4100.