25 Apr '12, 10am

How solar power came to a Brixton council estate

How solar power came to a Brixton council estate

The Loughborough Estate in southwest London is not the most obvious location for an energy revolution. But nestled in among the other 30s, 40s and 50s high rises you find just that, on top of Elmore House. Here is a pioneering inner-city co-operative energy project of152 solar panels owned by 81 different investors. ‘Its got to be one of the best views in London,' says Matt Mann, of Southern Solar, the company that installed the panels, looking out across London from the rooftop. Battersea Power Station to the left, Canary Wharf to the right, and everything in between, including the Shard, whose summit the day I visited was obscured by clouds. Even as the rain begins to come down Matt proudly tells me the panels are still producing electricity. ‘The lift we came up in is run by these panels. The rest is sold back to the national grid and the profit returned to the investor...

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