Bannister House was Hackney’s first community solar installation, developed by Repowering London in partnership with local estate residents and Hackney Council, and delivered using funds raised through a community share offer.

Cold homes are not only uncomfortable to live in but can have severe ill effects on health and wellbeing. Fuel poverty affects an estimated 11% of households in England, according to the Annual Fuel Poverty Statistics Report. A household in England is considered to be fuel poor if:

  • they have required fuel costs that are above average (the national median level).
  • were they to spend that amount, they would be left with a residual income below the official poverty line.

In Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, a fuel poor home is one which needs to spend more than 10% of its income on energy to adequately heat the household.

We have a number of UK Ashden Award winners who are dedicated to tackling this issue. Have a look through the gallery to see how our winners are helping people save money and have warmer, healthier homes.

Since I have had heat I keep the whole house at 20C. My vitiligo has started to fill in, and I no longer have a chest infection in winter which takes six months to clear.

Beneficiary of the CHiL scheme

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