Many other solar coops exist nationwide. Leominster Community Solar installed this 49kW solar array in November 2011

Hi folks,

I’m very pleased to say that £45,000 has been pledged for our community-owned renewable energy scheme so far. It’s a fantastic response – many thanks to those of you who’ve been in touch.

Pledgees range far and wide – from a 26-year-old website designer to a retiree who used to work on offshore gas rigs. Most are from Brighton – one of the fascinating things about BEC has been the diversity of local support. You can add your support by pledging here.

We’re also in the running for a further 50k loan from the PURE/ BRE Community Energy fund – this would mean that we have nearly half our 200k target covered.

We launch our solar scheme on 7.45 this Wednesday, 16th May at the Friend’s Meeting House. Both Caroline Lucas and Jason Kitkat, leader of Brighton and Hove Council, will say a few words – the BEC directors and I will also explain how BEC has evolved, and answer your questions. We will also have free tea and cakes on hand if you’d like to stay around for a chat.

If you can’t make it on the night then our investment invitation will be on our website from early Thursday morning – this goes gives and in-depth analysis of what our share offer entails.

Running BEC has been a long project – and one not without difficulty. The FIT changes in early December were a heavy blow – but recent falls in the price of solar mean we are once again ready to realise the ambition of community-owned renewables in Brighton and Hove.

I hope to see you on Wednesday.


Will Cottrell

Director, Brighton Energy Co-operative

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