Wow. In the last week Brighton Energy Coop raised £75,000 to help fund our solar in our city. At the same time work began at the University of Brighton’s Grand Parade building (see above) – an amazing start to our latest solar projects.

So: first of all a big welcome to all our new members – thank you so much for our support. Everyone’s investments go towards funding our new community-owned school projects – like solar on Woodingdean, Coldean and Carden Primary Schools.

Coldean Primary School Solar

Solar at Coldean Primary School – a 60kWp is planned for the new year. Click here to see details of all our projects and what it means to become a member

Things progressed quickly from our launch last Monday. By Wednesday we’d hit £30,000 – an impressive acheivement from a standing start. By Friday things were continuing to roll – fifteen new members signed up, and we quickly hit the £50,000 mark.

The weekend saw intense activity on the BEC website (one way we track how successful our communications have been) with hundreds of people considering our the details of our share offer. By the close of play on Sunday night we’d raised £75,000 – and it’s still going up.

It’s always spectacular to see Brighton Energy Coop raising funds in this way. It just demonstrates that community energy is alive and kicking in our city; that people are willing to rally round and support renewable energy by putting their money where their mouth is.

Let’s keep it up. If you’d like to join BEC you can see details of what that means and our new projects here; or you can join here.

Meanwhile, work continues at our 60kWp site at Grand Parade. Solar installation is a fast business these days – work should finish on Thursday. Click to see installation pics on our Twitter feed.

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