An EDF Energy-backed community energy trading pilot is to start next month, allowing residents of a Brixton estate to trade solar energy between each other.

Project CommUNITY, as it has been dubbed by EDF’s R&D division, will see the French energy firm collaborate with community renewables firm Repowering London and University College London’s Energy Institute to enable peer-to-peer trading of locally-generated power.

Array of solar panels on sloped roof of detached house on an overcast morning
Residents of Elmore House in Brixton, South London, will be allowed to access electricity generated from a rooftop solar system installed atop the estate, store it in a domestic battery unit and trade it amongst themselves.

Those energy trades will be enabled using blockchain technology, and a consumer-facing app has been produced to allow residents to access the trading platform.

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