July 2nd will see the launch of SE24 Sustainable Energy’s latest solar PV installation. 76 solar panels are being installed on the roof of Walworth Methodist Church (see picture A).
These panels will
- provide cheaper, greener electricity for the church and for all the community groups meeting on the premises.
- help them shift towards renewables, leading the way for other churches and community groups.
- Additional funds generated by selling surplus energy to the national grid, will be used to support and maintain the Southwark Peace Garden (see picture B) which the church created in its courtyard in response to violent crime in the neighbourhood.
This is the third church building that SE24 have partnered alongside its other three installations at a hospice, a school, and a swimming pool.
This project has been grant-funded with LCEF grant covering the research and feasibility costs; and the British Airways Carbon Fund covering the capital and installation costs.
Join the celebration
The launch will be part of a major public meeting for Community Energy Fortnight celebrating community energy in South London – hosted by SE24, SELCE and Repowering London and featuring expert speakers – including representatives from Southwark and Lewisham council who will respond to the Climate Emergency.
The event is 7-9.30pm on 2 July at the Vic Watson Hall at Walworth Methodist Church, SE5 0EW. The event is free. For more details of the event and speakers, and to register online, please see the Eventbrite page at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-celebration-of-community-energy-in-south-london-one-solution-for-the-climate-emergency-tickets-63445141125
Alan Jones, Chair of SE24 Sustainable Energy comments:
If you live in south London and you want to know how you, or your community group can do your bit to tackle climate change then this meeting will be your local chance to find out. You will meet people who have been taking action in south London, find out what opportunities there will be in the future and how you can make a difference.
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