Solar SOAS

Bringing the green energy revolution to SOAS!

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This project received pledges on Sun 09 Oct 2016
4 years ago


Dear Friends and Supporters of Solar SOAS,

We were thrilled to receive your donation, and with your support, we did it! Our crowdfund has successfully closed and we have 114 solar panels installed and generating on the SOAS Old Building roof. SOAS has become the UK's first community energy project on a university, and you're a crucial part of it!

Your donation will go towards the solar panels, building a brighter, greener future and a better world for everyone! We are processing the donations and then your exciting rewards.

We are live and generating, and ecstatic to see those shining panels as the tangible change a volunteer project and crowdfund could achieve.Just that one first SOAS roof of 114 solar panels will help cut carbon emissions equivalent to 10,264 kg per year [data from Joju Solar], which is over 5 times the average UK house annual power consumption! The install completed on 26th September on SOAS’ Old Building serves as a pilot project and proof of concept, with others also in the early planning stages. We believe that this trailblazing project will have a lasting legacy and give people around the UK a tangible way to act as a community and make a difference.

"I am always impressed by the commitment of SOAS students to engage with pressing issues facing our world today. Solar SOAS is an excellent example of our students taking a constructive and positive approach to tackling one of the great challenges of our time - climate change." -Valerie Amos, Director of SOAS

On behalf of Solar SOAS I’d like to thank you for your participation, as well as any help you can provide in inspiring positive action by sharing the news far and wide. Keep you eyes open for when the project's first annual £2000 community fund becomes available!

Once again, thank you for your support.

With best wishes,

Isobel and all the team at Solar SOAS

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4 years, 1 month ago

Very exciting news! Camden Council has shown us the love... by approving our Listed Building Consent application for a solar panel installation on SOAS Old Building (the one with the JCR)!! Hurrah!

SOAS Old Building, like many across London, is listed heritage, and it's also in a conservation area. This meant our project had to go through an arduous impact assessment and a public consultation, which we learnt yesterday, it passed with flying colours! This success is a great sign for those thinking of installing solar on other universities or Listed Buildings.

Now we are one step closer to achieving the green energy dream at SOAS, but we are still looking to strengthen community support through our crowdfund, and give everyone the opportunity to be part of something amazing.

4 years, 1 month ago

*You now have until 9th October to pledge your support for Solar SOAS!!*

We have extended our crowdfund deadline in order to reach out further and get even more members of the community engaged and involved!

Lots of you have chipped in to help purchase those long-awaited solar panels, but as a pioneer for university community energy in the UK, Solar SOAS need to make the most of this opportunity to raise awareness of climate solutions and get everyone on board. 

As well as continuing to gather donations from the wider world and community, the new deadline of 9th October will allow us to communicate the project's goals and importance to new students joining SOAS. This way, we can do a big crowdfund drive during Fresher's Fayre and throw fun events during Fresher's Fortnight ending 9th October. These SOAS students will be key decision makers when it comes to how to spend Solar SOAS' community fund, and students everywhere will be key decision makers when it comes to investing in and building a fairer, greener society for all.

We're looking forward to meeting lots of passionate people looking to support the project, join the team and make positive change!

Please share our crowdfunding page and help spread the community energy spirit~

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Pledge £1 or more

Select this reward if you just want to donate to the project without receiving a reward.

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Pledge £25 or more

Receive a Solar SOAS eco-tote bag! We order the totes from 'Supreme Creations', a manufacturer of ethical and reusable packaging and gifts. Just another good reason to get rid of plastic bags!

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Estimated delivery: 1 December 2016

Pledge £50 or more

Get a t-shirt with a renewables message, made from Fairtrade certified cotton from Epona Clothing! Soft and ethical, what could be better?

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Estimated delivery: 1 December 2016

Pledge £75 or more

For this pledge we give you a Solar SOAS customised water bottle from the ethical company 'Give Me A Tap' - this is a reward that goes a long way, as with every bottle we buy gives 5 years of clean water to a person in Africa

1 claimed

Estimated delivery: 1 December 2016

Pledge £100 or more

This reward is a solar powered lamp, 'Solar Lights', from the international charity Solar Aid, that fights poverty and climate change through solar power. The reward also keeps on giving, as it includes a donation to help distribute more solar lights to families in rural Africa, increasing access to clean, safe, solar lighting.

3 claimed

Estimated delivery: 1 December 2016

Pledge £200 or more

For this reward we offer something very special: a voucher for a solar panel making workshop, where you get to try to make your own solar panel phone charger. It is organised specially by the organisation Demand Energy Equality in South London. We've tried it, and it's awesome!

1 claimed

Estimated delivery: 1 December 2016