How things have changed. In June 2010 only 12 homes in Brighton were kitted out with solar PV. Our recent analysis shows Brighton now has 8.4 MW of solar PV now within the city authority area, more than 30,000 solar panels.
Solar capacity in Brighton and the surrounding area has been moving forward apace. It’s become a popular way for businesses and residents to get cheap, green electric. And – more importantly – all this great work helps the city become ever more energy resilient.
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Altogether there is more solar capacity on residential homes than on industrial/ commercial installations in Brighton, with private landlords hosting nearly 4MW of solar, according to BEIS (roughly 16,000 solar panels). Brighton and Hove Council have also added solar PV to 370 council houses totalling 1MW (source: BHCC).
The giant array at Parker Steel’s facility at Shoreham Port adds a further 1.8MW, followed by the 1.5MW of Brighton Energy Coop’s various installations across the city (the largest also at Shoreham Port).
The University of Brighton is the fifth largest solar installer with solar sites at their Falmer campus and the Cockcroft Building.
In terms of residential installations (including council houses) 284 more homes added solar in the 12 months to Sept 2016, which gives some idea of whether or not it’s viable to run a solar installation business in the city. Profit on a solar installation (after operating costs) is perhaps around £500, meaning the total installation market in the city makes a profit of somewhere between £100,000 to £150,000, or perhaps five jobs at a push. A sobering thought.
There’s still plenty of opportunity for solar in Brighton: just 1.23% of homes have solar on them, below the national average. You can support more solar PV by joining Brighton Energy Coop and helping us develop more solar in our area and by sharing this post here.