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Hundreds of families in Poplar get solar energy and also champions to help reduce their bills

PUBLISHED: 14:11 01 November 2017 | UPDATED: 17:32 02 November 2017

Energy from the sun helping families in Poplar with sustainable electricity. Picture: Poplar Harca

Energy from the sun helping families in Poplar with sustainable electricity. Picture: Poplar Harca

Poplar Harca

A solar energy project in east London for families on housing estates in Poplar which manages to sell surplus electricity back to the National Grid has won a European sustainability award.

Householder in Poplar being shown by an energy 'champion' how to save on his electric bill. Picture: Poplar HarcaHouseholder in Poplar being shown by an energy 'champion' how to save on his electric bill. Picture: Poplar Harca

The community project by Poplar Harca housing organisation also trains volunteer ‘champions’ on its estates to help their neighbours overcome fuel poverty.

It received the award at the Eurhonet general assembly against tough competition from the Continent.

The award recognises how fuel poverty and carbon emissions are dealt with on estates in Poplar and Bromley-by-Bow.

Volunteer ‘champions’ are recruited on the estates to help families in fuel poverty.

Rooftop solar panels in  in Cordilia Street which generate electricity and sells surplus energy to the National Grid. Picture: Poplar HarcaRooftop solar panels in in Cordilia Street which generate electricity and sells surplus energy to the National Grid. Picture: Poplar Harca

“I learned a lot being a ‘champion’ about ways to save energy,” Fatu Jaite said. “I was able to help people struggling to pay their energy bills.”

The project also makes savings by selling surplus electricity back to the National Grid from its rooftop solar panels which have generated a megawatt of clean energy in two years, helping 800 households keep their homes warm with sustainable energy.

Euronet is a network of 36 public and social housing companies in Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Sweden joining together to save energy for ageing and deprived populations experiencing social tension.

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