Brixton Energy is a not-for-profit co-operative based in south London. We create cooperatively owned renewable energy projects whose financial revenues stay within the local community. Our vision is to create a greener future for Brixton by:
- generating energy in Brixton
- increasing Brixton’s energy resilience and security
- raising awareness about energy efficiency and tackling fuel poverty
- providing training and employment for local people
Brixton Energy Solar 3
Our latest project Brixton Energy Solar 3 went live in September. Using the same community led approach, the solar panels for Brixton Energy Solar 3 were installed on four buildings within the Roupell Park Estate: Hyperion House, Fairview House, Warnham House and the Community Office. You can read more about the project at Repowering London.
Brixton Energy Solar 2 up and running!
Brixton Solar Energy 2 in Styles Gardens on the Loughborough Estate was installed in October and the project is now generating electricity.
We raised funding through a community share offer, with an expected average annual return on investment of 3% and up to 50% tax relief under the Government’s Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme.
Panels being installed on the roof of Styles Gardens. (Photos and video by Tim Mitchell)
Brixton Energy Solar 1 – our first project
In March 2012 we completed our first project: Brixton Energy Solar 1. The project has installed several hundred square metres of solar panels on the roof of Elmore House in the Loughborough Estate in Brixton. The solar panels started generating power on the 30th of March 2012.
Benefits to the local community
Part of the income generated will be reinvested in the Community Energy Efficiency Fund for energy-saving improvements in the local area, such as:
- draught busting
- home energy audits
- training on energy efficiency
We believe that community-owned energy is an excellent way to start reducing our dependence on oil, protecting against rising fuel costs and environmental damage. Running our own sources of renewable energy, coupled with reducing our energy consumption, will greatly increase Brixton’s energy security against the effects of peak oil.