Power Up North London – Call for energy project partners

News – Thursday, July 9th, 2020

Power Up North London are looking for business and organisations to partner with to deliver community energy projects to tackle the climate crisis.

The community business has successfully raised £150k of crowdfunding and over £100k of grant funding to install solar panels on six buildings in North London including a school, church, GP surgery, city farm and golf club.

Having delivered this through a team of skilled and committed volunteers, they now want to scale up their work to achieve theirs and Camden Council’s vision of “to achieve a net zero carbon Camden by 2030“. PUNL want to work with other businesses and organisations that share this vision.

Potential partnerships on projects could include amongst others:

  • Technical assistance to examine opportunities for innovative solutions to improve energy efficiency and to reduce carbon emissions – PUNL have partnered with organisations like Joju Solar and University College London to deliver projects.
  • Partnership on new projects – if you own or lease a building that could be suitable for solar panels, renewable heat, EV charging, battery storage, or energy efficiency, then you could work together with PUNL to mobilise community finance and bring a project to life.
  • Funding and finance – if your organisation has a CSR arm, or wishes to invest in a local, financially viable project, then PUNL will be interested in discussing potential match funding options.
  • Provision of pro bono advice or secondment of staff – they can offer a great opportunity for passionate and skilled people to put their skills to practical and impactful use.
  • Events – PUNL regularly speak at and host events to inspire others and inform them on ways to tackle the climate crisis. The community business has over 100 investors and a social media reach of over 1,000.

About PUNL

PUNL is a Community Benefit Society founded in 2015 with the aim of enabling ordinary people to play an active role in supporting the transition to renewable energy. Their vision is that Camden and Islington become zero carbon boroughs, driven in part by a resilient, independent and collaborative community of local residents harnessing clean energy. The mission is to empower North London residents through ownership of clean energy generation and an understanding of how to reduce their energy consumption.

The community business has installed 150kWp of solar panels on a wide range of sites in Islington and Camden, including Elizabeth House Community Centre, St Anne’s Church, Caversham GP Practice, Kentish Town City Farm, and Hampstead School.  Advanced plans are in place to deliver a comprehensive package of renewable energy on a further two sites in Islington, and at Kentish Town Primary School.

All of their work is delivered by a group of volunteers who live and work in Camden and Islington, and who bring a range of skills and experience including financial management, engineering and public policy. Contact PUNL at powerupnorthlondon@gmail.com