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Up on the roof: MP Helen Hayes visits Elmore House

By EDF | Posted January 13, 2022

Successful visit from a MP

Helen Hayes, Labour MP for Dulwich and West Norwood received a warm Elmore House welcome when she visited the award-winning community energy project last month.

Helen Hayes, who is a member of the Environmental Audit Committee in Parliament, and the Air Pollution, and Net Zero All-Party Parliamentary Groups, saw for herself how this scheme has brought the community a wealth of environmental, financial and social benefits.  

More about the project

Elmore House is a block of flats in Brixton, South London, and the home of the UK’s first inner-city, co-operatively-owned, renewable energy project for people living in social housing. 

This R&D project CommUNITY (Community Urban Neighbourhoods Internal Trading of energY), led by UKC started in 2019 with solar panels being installed on the roof of the building, and the residents joining forces to trade excess electricity with each other via an app. 

Project progress 

Earlier this year, we also added a battery system to their set-up and joined the ‘Urban Energy Club’ so they could store unused solar-generated electricity to use at night and sell any excess to National Grid as an extra source of income.  And the benefits keep adding up, as their carbon emissions have reduced by an estimated 14,000 tonnes a year (that’s around 18 return trips from Amsterdam to Rome), and they’re saving around £8.20 on their monthly electricity bills too.

EDF UK partnered with UK Power NetworksRepowering London and The Bartlett Institute at UCL to make this scheme possible under the world’s first energy regulatory Sandbox, which gave relief from energy market regulations for a limited time.  

Great feedback from Helen Hayes MP

As discussed with Helen Hayes, this innovative project not only demonstrates that we can empower residents to access more renewable energy at lower costs, it also shows the potential of blockchain within the energy sector and is a great example on how we can help all of our Customers live more sustainably especially in high density areas!

After her visit Helen Hayes posted on Twitter: “Brilliant to visit @RepowerLondon community energy solar panels on the Loughborough Estate, generating clean energy and reducing electricity bills for local residents. Community Energy has a huge role to play in ensuring a just transition and Government should be doing more to support it”. 

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