Energizing Brixton

Solar panels

I went on to one of the most powerful roof tops in London. It provides electricity for the tower block on which it sits, in what is one of the country’s most successful community energy projects.

Not only is it generating power for the tenants, but the much-lauded scheme provides interns from the estate with paid work. In the featured photo they are helping the professionals with installation, but previously they aided Brixton Energy with arguably a harder task, that of raising money from local residents to provide the investment.

The organization behind this project, Brixton Energy, sprang out of Transition Town Brixton. Despite all the good things that the Transition movement does, there is often a criticism that it’s mainly for the white middle classes, so it was particularly good to see the interns didn’t conform to this stereotype. In fact they live in the estate in which they are working.

When I arrived up top expecting positive vibe from the workforce, I was met instead with tension and sulking. The professionals’ expectations didn’t live up to the interns’ productivity, and the schedule for completion was running late. But the difficulties were overcome with the help of Agamemnon Otero,¬†Project Manager, and Brixton was able to proudly reveal it’s 3rd solar rooftop on the Roupell Park Estate.

For more pictures see my Transition Towns gallery.