balcombeBrighton Energy Coop’s solar installations have been reveling in the glorious weather: this summer has been a stunning opportunity to see our panels pumping out clean electricity at full force. Above is the output from our system at City Coast Church – going great guns.

Brighton Energy Coop is on track to launch our second solar scheme in the next month or two. This will more than treble our solar capacity and add several new buildings that will benefit from clean, green energy.

We are currently working to put all the details together, but I hope to be able to tell you more about the project in the next few weeks. Watch this space; if you’re interested in getting involved then you can pledge your investment here.

Looking at Community Energy more broadly, there’s an increasing interest countrywide in starting local renewable energy schemes, which is great see. With in mind Brighton Energy Coop has recently joined a body called Community Energy South, which aims to promote community energy across our region.

CES is a big idea, so big, in fact, that Energy Minister Greg Barker is coming down to lend his support at the first CES open day tomorrow. If you don’t live in Brighton it’s especially relevant – but it’ll be an interesting day all round if you can make it.

Thirdly, BEC advisor Jeremy Leggett has a new book coming out. Jeremy is always well worth a read, especially if you’re interested in the power dynamics of the energy sector. ‘Energy of Nations’ is out next month – Jeremy argues that the inadequate analysis of climate risk is putting a great shadow over contemporary energy markets, fixated on fossil fuels as they are. Check it out here.

Finally, a date for your diary: BEC’s annual AGM will take place on the 25th October (location tbc). This is an opportunity to quiz the directors of BEC as to our year’s accounts, board composition and future direction. It’d be great to see you there!


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