UniSolar will use the £19,935 provided by UCEF to kickstart our inaugural project, Solar SOAS. We can now pay a solar installer to perform some detailed feasibility studies to find out what the solar capacity of the roofs are. We will also carry out planning permission due dilligence, as well as sub-contract project management support and legal support. These will help us develop robust financial models, determine suitable methods to crowd-fund and make sure we're covering all legal bases too.
What is Solar SOAS?
In September 2014, SOAS students in the SOAS Energy and Climate Justice Society (ECJS) decided that we wanted to help the transition to renewable energy in the UK. The idea of an on-campus project to engage the whole SOAS community was born, and 'Solar SOAS' started to take shape.
This blog compiles the personal experiences of a member of our core group. This event was attended by Isobel Annan, who here writes her thoughts on the community energy network.
On behalf of Solar SOAS, I attended our first national gathering of community energy groups in Oxford, which marked the opening of the Community Energy Fortnight on 5th September. Met by what is truly a community more than a sector, the day injected the project with a burst of inspiration and information that has turbo-boosted our progress.