HUB Eco Series Launch Debate: Can green energy cooperatives help solve the UK’s energy challenge?

29/01/2013 18:30


HUB Islington, 5 Torrens St, London EC1V 1NQ

Angel tube station is 2 minutes away


Tuesday 29th January 2013, 6.30pm



Event Description

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, Southern Solar leading installers of both solar PV and thermal systems in Southern England, Energise Barnet who facilitate mass take-up of energy saving measures and renewables in London's largest borough, and Carbon Leapfrog, a business-led charity that accelerates the delivery of low carbon projects through the input of donated time from leading services professionals.

Everyone is invited to join us for some networking after the event at the HUB (which will kindly remain open until 20.45) after when we will move on to a nearby bar.

Guest speakers

    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.

    Clare Hierons, CEO of Carbon Leapforg
    Clare’s experience within the climate change sector primarily derives from over five years with the Carbon Trust. In this time she worked with organisations in the public and private sector to develop their carbon reduction strategies and, as Head of Partnerships for the Trust, led projects across a whole range of sectors and topics. This not only gave Clare the broadest possible understanding of the barriers and opportunities that exist in implementing low carbon projects but has ignited in her a true passion to actively support their successful delivery. Prior to the Carbon Trust, Clare spent time as a change management consultant supporting projects in the financial services and utilities sectors and has worked as a senior operational manager in areas as diverse as business process outsourcing, media and manufacturing. Clare started her career as an engineer with a degree from Brunel University and has an MBA from Cranfield School of Management as well holding qualifications in project management, training & development and executive coaching.

    Howard Johns, Founder of Southern Solar and OVESCo
    Howard is the founder of Southern Solar Ltd, and has been installing 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 which now has 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 also 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”

    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.

Media partners
New Start magazine are kindly media partnering for the event series.


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About the Organiser

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.

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