Hiya folks,

I’m excited to tell you that we’ve just launched a new project with Brighton’s sustainable bus Company – the Big Lemon – solar-powered electric buses. You can support us in making this exciting pilot project happen (we think it’s a UK first) by voting for us at the M&S Community Energy here – or check out the video below.

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It works like this – with the help of Brighton Energy Coop expertise, we’ll install solar panels on the roof of the Big Lemon’s bus depot in Whitehawk, Brighton. We’ve carefully sized the solar array to be big enough to power the Solar Buses’ needs; this power is then fed into a battery on site. When the bus returns from it’s daily rounds, it parks up overnight, and the battery charges up the Solar Buses’ internal battteries, ready for use again the next day.

We’re applying for funds for this innovative project via the M&S community fund – you can vote here to support us, share this Facebook video  with your friends, or perhaps tweet:

I’ve just helped & with their project. It’s amazing, please help them too 🙂

This latest BEC project is a bit different from our usual operations, but it’s great to be partnering up with another great Brighton institution. The Big Lemon adds to our list of local partnerships, most recently with Infinity Foods, but also with Shoreham Port, City Coast Church, St George’s Church, Park Gate Residents Society – all demonstrating that by working together we get things done.
And we have more to come. Next week we’ll be announcing two more partnerships with yet more Brighton organisations – adding solar PV capacity to our city, and clean, green renewable electricity to the people that work here – however they use it!


Will Cottrell

Brighton Energy Coop


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