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Can green energy cooperatives help solve the UK’s energy challenge?

Join us to debate the exciting rising phenomenon of community energy ownership in the UK

In this age of escalating fuel prices and imported gas and oil, could green community energy cooperatives play an important part in achieving a low-carbon, energy independent future for the UK? How realistic is this and what’s holding us back in comparison to Scandinavia and Germany, where community energy is a long established, effective part of the energy mix? What’s the potential to make this an increasingly urban phenomenon?

Join us to debate this exciting topic and hear from people on the front line of this expanding UK sector, such as Brixton Energy, the UK’s first urban energy cooperative and Southern Solar, leading installers of both solar PV and thermal systems in Southern England, and Energise Barnet, who facilitate mass take-up of energy saving measures and renewables in London’s largest borough.

Register your place at : www.hubecoseries.eventbrite.com

Guest speakers:

Agamemnon Otero, Director of Brixton Energy
Aga is experienced in providing finance solutions for the energy sector including business development, management, and operations. He is a founding member of Repower South London, and a Director & Project Manager for Brixton Energy Solar 1 co-operative. He has previously been Director of Renewable Energy Project Finance and Social Responsibility at Better World Finance and the CFO of Energy Bank Ltd. A community activist and speaker on sustainable low carbon economies, Agamemnon has a Master’s degree in Architecture in Advanced Environment & Energy and a Baccalaureate in Pre-medicine, Literature and Fine Arts.

Howard Johns, Managing Director of Southern Solar

Howard is the founder of Southern Solar Ltd, and has been installing solar hot water systems and other small scale renewable energy systems for over ten years.  After completing a degree in Environmental Technology, Howard retrained as a plumber to enable him to install solar energy systems. After a few years of working in the sector, he set up Southern Solar Ltd. Over the last nine years he has grown this to a team of over 90 people operating from seven locations across the south. Southern Solar installs both solar PV and thermal systems for a range of clients and on a range of scales, and are recognised leaders in the sector. In 2007 Howard played a pivotal role in setting up OVESCo, a pioneering local energy co-op project in his home town of Lewes. OVESCo successfully built one of the country’s first community owned PV power stations in 2011, installing 100kW on the roof of the local brewery “Harveys”.

Nigel Farren, Founder of Energise Barnet CIC

Nigel has 35 years experience in finance, property and communications. He is member of the ‘Community Energy Contact Group’ convened by Energy Minister Greg Barker to help DECC formulate policy on the role of communities in delivering the green energy agenda and on the management committee of the Low Carbon Communities Network. In 2011, he founded Energise Barnet with the aim of  facilitating mass take-up of energy saving measures and renewables in order to deliver social, economic and environmental benefit.

More speakers to be confirmed…

Contact the HUB Eco Series Coordinator, Kirstie Wielandt ([email protected]), with any questions.


HUB Islington – just behind Angel tube which is served by the Northern Line and numerous buses.
The HUB Eco Series
The HUB is a global movement of 4,000 social entrepreneurs and innovative start-ups based in 30 co-working spaces across the world. This event is kindly being hosted by HUB Islington, the original Hub in a converted warehouse in Angel where it all began. This is the first HUB ‘Eco Series’ talk; an event series with the intention of creating a positive debate around the key national and international environmental issues of our time.

Media partners:

New Start magazine are kindly media partnering with us for the event series.


Brixton Energy:

The UK’s first urban energy cooperative. Following a model that has been successfully used elsewhere in the UK, Brixton Energy Solar 1 & 2 have been established as co-operative societies. Co-operatives are not-for-profit organisations that are jointly owned and operated by a group of people for their mutual benefit. They are democratic enterprises, operating with a one member, one vote policy. This means, for instance, that the members of the Co-operative will decide collectively who will serve on the Board of Directors and how to divide and distribute the income generated from the project. Brixton Energy Solar 1 & 2 are social enterprises which seek to achieve real social and environmental outcomes.

Southern Solar
Established in 2002, Southern Solar are specialists in the design, installation and maintenance of Solar Thermal and Solar Electrical systems for commercial, public sector and domestic clients across the south of the UK. Currently with six regional bases in Sussex, London, Bristol, Oxford, Winchester and South Wales, their regional teams survey, specify, install and maintain solar systems within a 100 mile radius of each base.

Energise Barnet CIC

Energise Barnet is a community-led project to increase the energy efficiency of homes and buildings,  reduce fuel poverty and make renewable energy more affordable in London’s largest borough.  Energise Barnet CIC is a social enterprise, has been established to deliver the project, not a commercial organisation. Any surplus income from the project is used to alleviate fuel poverty. Serving as a trusted intermediary, they help local homeowners, businesses and other property owners install energy / water saving measures and renewable energy systems that help them save and make energy and money.

Space is limited, so it is recommended to reserve an advance ticket here.

Jan 29th
18:30 - 20:00
Entry fee £5 – £6

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