Brighton Energy Coop has now raised the rather incredible total of £400,000, leaving just £50,000 before we can install our second huge solar project at Shoreham Port.
You can help us achieve our latest target: by becoming a member of Brighton Energy Coop you’ll join hundreds of other people supporting community energy in the South. Members receive a projected 5% return, plus a 30% tax break on the amount invested. Membership starts from as little as £300 – you can join here.
The system we recently completed at Shoreham Port is performing well. Many thanks to Hove MP Mike Weatherley who recently opened the array; in February alone the system has generated the equivalent CO2 savings as planting nearly 100 trees – as well as more than £700 of earnings (see the picture above).
This rather embarrassing photo shows the moment we switched on the Shed 10 array. (R-L) Hove MP Mike Weatherley, Will Cottrell (BEC), Rodney Lunn (Chief Executive, Shoreham Port), Howard Johns (Southern Solar).
Community Energy is a growing force in renewable energy, and BEC needs your support. We are currently raising money for Shed 3a, a large building next to the beach, which will house just over 800 solar panels. We are tantalisingly close in achieving our target: we’d very much like to install before the end of March.
By joining BEC you’ll help support a dynamic community renewables organisation that’s growing fast. We have lots of plans developing in the background, including more solar arrays (at Shoreham and beyond), and an anaerobic digestor for the city.
We are also making progress on plans to offer locally-generated electricity to our members – watch this space.
Many thanks to all our members of you who’ve invested so far – we couldn’t have got where we are without you.