Power Up North London (PUNL) is a Community Benefit Society founded in 2015 that delivers community energy projects to tackle the climate emergency and support the vision for Islington and other boroughs to become zero carbon by 2030. PUNL has successfully raised £150k in 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. They have 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.
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 – they have partnered with organisations like XCO2, 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 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 they would 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 – they regularly speak at and host events to inspire others and inform them on ways to tackle the climate crisis. They have over 100 investors and a social media reach of over 1,000
Having delivered this through a team of skilled and committed volunteers, they now want to scale up their work with other businesses and organisations that share this vision to achieve that ambitious and important vision. More information is available on their website.