Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, has voice how he wants to see communities involved in the production of local energy, which will help in reducing energy consumption while helping with the pollution in the city, by creating the London Community Energy Fund.
The fund will support the development of local Solar energy projects, thermovoltaic and photovoltaics, with the aim of producing 2 GW of installed solar capacity by 2050, as outlined in the Mayor’s draft action plan in a bid to make an important step forward in achieving his zero carbon London target and also his target for decentralized energy.
The fund for 2017/2018 will offer grants of up to £15,000. They can be used to develop community solar projects, which includes storage technologies, alongside the installation of solar modules. Funding could also be used for instance to carry out viability studies for solar energy or to develop a financial business case.
This plan, the first of its kind for London, sets out how the Mayor will seize the opportunity for solar energy in the capital and increase installations in the coming years through his flagship Energy for Londoners (EfL) programme. EfL aims to encourage more clean energy, make energy bills fairer and London’s buildings more energy efficient.
This cannot be achieved by the Mayor’s programmes and leadership alone. It will need strong and supportive policy from national government and the support of local government, the private sector, charities and individuals.