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Introducing 'Solar Punk' activism

Words by Abi Scaife

Two artists are unveiling an ingenious way to save on energy costs in London.

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Dan Edelstyn and Hilary Powell, artists known for their impactful art installations, have come up with a brilliant way to help families in London with energy costs; by creating a power station out of an ordinary street in East London.

But aren’t power stations bad?

Traditional ones certainly aren’t good for the environment - but this is not a fossil fuel-based station. Dan and Hillary are creating a solar power station out of a row of terraced houses by installing rooftop solar panels on dozens of homes in Walthamstow, London.

According to their research, installing solar panels on every house in the UK would provide 60.52% of our total domestic electricity consumption. 

The duo are calling this project a blueprint for ‘solar punk’ activism, hoping that others will take a leaf out of their book!

So where is the money coming from?

Dan and Hillary have launched a crowdfunder, which they publicised by sleeping on the roof of their own home, which will be involved in the power station. This means that many of the 30 residents whose homes are involved in the power station will be able to get their upgrade to solar for free at a time when everyone is needing to pinch pennies.

That’s what we like to see! 

This article aligns with the UN SDG Affordable and Clean Energy.

This article aligns with the following UN SDGs

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