Councils across London are kick-starting the capital’s ‘smart city’ transformation, with a new LED retrofit backed by the Green Investment Bank (GIB) and an innovative solar battery project set to commence. Camden Council is teaming up with Islington Council and Waltham Forest Council to pilot a new solar project aimed at eradicating fuel poverty across the areas. The partnership will install solar panels, ranging from 1.62kWp to 3.78kWp, at 41 low income households across the boroughs to test the viability of storing renewable energy. Project 24/7 Solar, part-funded by national fuel poverty charity National Energy Action, will store solar energy generated from the panels in three different batteries from Maslow, Growatt and Sonnen in order to compare the lifetime performance of the batteries and the project. The news arrives as Barking and Dagenham London Borough Council agreed a £6.8m Green Loan from the GIB to install 14,790 low-energy LED streetlights in the borough. The loan will cover the refurbishment and retrofit of around 3,300 streetlight columns, with the council also agreeing to the installation of a new central management system for the lighting.
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