Manna from Heaven – Solar panels for St Anne’s Church

Power Up North London (PUNL) has filed a planning application for solar panels on the south facing roof of St Anne’s Church on Highgate Road.

The organisation is appealing to the local community to respond to the consultation as they would like to ensure there is  ‘strong community support before taking a final decision to go ahead with the project’.

The application is live and can be found here, application number 2016/1791/P

St Anne's Church, Highgate Road. The proposed solar panels will not be visible from the road or detract from the Listed Spire of this popular church

St Anne’s Church, Highgate Road. The proposed solar panels will not be visible from the road or detract from the Listed Spire of this popular church

After being awarded a grant by the Urban Community Energy Fund to cover feasibility costs for one or more solar projects in North London the group initiated negotiations with St. Anne’s who were already considering solar panels as part of a refurbishment project.

The Church is hoping to create more space for community activities including community lunches and a youth project. Given the potential benefits of solar to the Church and surrounding community PUNL agreed to use some of their funding to explore the feasibility of a 19kW installation on the south facing roof.

PUNL are addressing the following vital points with the local community that also align with the DPNF’s own Environmental and Sustainability policies which are currently being drawn up:

  • address the challenge of climate change and contribute to locally generated renewable energy for the benefit of the community
  • raise awareness of environmental issues within the community
  • contribute to long term aims of reducing the need for imported fossil fuel supply, increased local energy resilience, and community cohesion

The installation will provide discounted electricity prices for St Anne’s, which will benefit the funding for activities such as the weekly community lunches, and provide an estimated 16,500 kWh of clean energy per year, equating to 8,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions. This will contribute towards Camden Council’s 40% target for reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 2020.

As the Church is listed and in a conservation area, a large part of this feasibility work has been putting together a planning application, which was submitted on 18th March 2016. The visual impact of the panels will be low as the south facing roof is obscured by foliage and buildings from most view points.

To comment on the planning application, please follow the below steps:

  1. Click the link above or here
  2. Click ‘Add comments here’ in the Application Progress Summary box
  3. Follow the instructions on the next page and ‘Submit’

Additional information on the project can be found here.