Solar prices continue to tumble

In contrast to public perception, solar power just gets cheaper and cheaper. The price of some panels have fallen up to 28% in 2012, and most panels are becoming 3-5% cheaper each month. The falling price of solar has nothing to do with the UK. Instead, it’s...

Renewable developers should join Energy Coops

Brighton Energy Coop is calling for companies developing renewables to support community-energy schemes, following the launch of a consultation by DECC. Our proposal is that private renewable energy developments help finance locally-owned energy projects as part of...

Brighton Energy Coop overperforming by 10%

Brighton Energy Coop’s solar systems are outperforming expectations by at least 10% since we installed in mid July. As the graphs here show, our solar system at Hove Enterprise Centre (HEC – 66% of our total system) has now generated nearly 20,000 KwH of...

Sun shines on Lewes community energy

Brighton Energy Co-op is following a tested business model. Chris Rowland, a director of Ovesco Ltd, which has successfully completed a community energy scheme in Lewes, explains how they made it work and what happened next. Ovesco was started by a group of local...

FIT revives as solar prices plummet

A dramatic fall in the price of solar has meant solar schemes are once again viable – even with the severe cuts in the Feed in Tariff. Over the last six months the price of solar has fallen steeply – in some cases by up to 70%. The falls in solar prices...

100 homes surveyed – and counting!

100 homes surveyed – and counting! Hi Folks, Just to let you know that – together with our partners – we’ve now advised more than a hundred homeowners how to make their homes warmer and cheaper to run. The enthusiasm for our free home...

Free home efficiency surveys

Hi Folks, I’m very pleased to say that we recently received a grant of £30k via the government’s LEAF fund for work on energy efficiency around Brighton and Hove. Working with the Low Carbon Trust, the Green Building Partnership, Brighton & Hove 10:10...

Green Deal event on 1st Dec

For those of you interested in finding out more about the Green Deal and inputting to the consultation you may want to come to this Greening Campaign event on 1st Dec at the Clarendon...

Brighton Energy Coop – status update

Hi there, I write with an update on what’s going on with Brighton Energy Coop after the government’s unexpected Feed in Tariff review last week. As I mentioned in my previous post, the new FIT tariffs make it very difficult to proceed with a 120kWp of...

Contribute to the FiT consultation

If you would like to contribute to the FiT consultation and comment on the rapidity and size of the cuts please do so at the following link before 23/12. We will lobbying hard for a favourable ‘community tariff’ so that we can continue with our plans of...

Brighton Energy Co-op postpones share launch

Hi there, I’m very sorry to say that – although we have fought supremely hard – we have been forced to postpone our share offer launch tomorrow, after this week’s Government announcement of cuts to the feed-in-tariff. We have made this decision reluctantly, but...

£155,000 pledged and we are dodging bullets!

Hi there, Well, it’s been an interesting couple of weeks. First: our community has now pledged an incredible £155,000 to the Brighton Energy Coop project – a fantastic achievement. Pledges range from £400 pounds to £20,000 and have come from sixteen years...

A bit of good news!

I have just been told by Emma Birch of Naturesave Insurance that we have been awarded £1250 from the Naturesave Trust towards our project costs, which is certainly very welcome. Thanks very much...

£65,000 pledged in our first week!

It’s been an exciting week. Since we announced our share launch last week, £65,000 has been pledged for community-owned renewable energy in Brighton and Hove. Many thanks to all of you who have pledged your interest – it’s fantastic to have so much...

Brighton Energy Coop launches 2 November

Hi everyone, I’m very pleased to tell you that Brighton Energy Co-op will launch its share offer on 2 November, at the Friend’s Meeting House at 7pm. Do come along – this will be your chance to join this pioneering initiative for community-owned...

And another site..

I am very pleased to say that we are in discussions with the management of www.citycoastchurch.co.uk to install upto 35kWs of solar PV there. We will need planning approval and legal agreements in place, but this potential partnership helps us significantly in being...

Another positive milestone…

We have just found that we have received planning permission from B&H Council for installing solar panels at Hove Enterprise Centre. Another positive milestone on the journey to community-owned renewable...

Good news on roofs!

We are happy to announce that negotiations are at an advanced stage with Shoreham Port for installing upto 50kW of solar panels at the Hove Enterprise Centre and the planning application is due for approval by the end of August. We have also agreed with the Parish...

Great deals available on PV

An interesting article highlighting that the deals on solar panels are better than ever and with the FiT likely to drop after March 2012 its worth taking action now on installing PV –...

Another article in the Guardian featuring BEC

We were asked for our comments on the outcome of the FiT consultation process published yesterday and managed to get a paragraph in this Guardian article http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/jun/09/community-renewables-funding. We have been working on the...

Meeting with the Minister

I was fortunate enough to attend a roundtable meeting with Greg Barker of DECC yesterday morning organised by Zoe Osmond of Brighton University. It was a positive meeting focussed on the Green Deal and there should be some interesting announcements in Parliament today...

Seeking more roofs!

We are progressing well with developing our portfolio of roofs to install PV on and planning our summer community share launch. We are though looking for an additional 2 or 3 roofs for hosting solar panels as part of our community-owned solar power station project.  ...

Webinars on community energy topics

I thought that I would post up links to 4 webinars that I have hosted recently on community energy issues on the www.communitycentral.co.uk platform. Just click on the links below and then playback the webinars: 1) Finance: funding options beyond LCCC including debt...

Community Energy Webinars

I thought that I would post up links to 3 webinars that I have hosted recently on community energy issues on the www.communitycentral.co.uk platform. Just click on the links below and then playback the webinars: 1) Finance: funding options beyond LCCC including debt...

Resilience

I’ve been thinking about the idea of resilience quite a lot recently. On the ‘macro’ scale, initiating a community-owned renewable energy project is inspired by the need for us to become more resilient in the face of climate change and peak oil. Clearly installing...

Jeremy Leggett: “A time of consequences”

Twitter is ablaze with talk of the protests planned by some Saudi citizens next Friday. Saudi troops are already being deployed around the Kingdom. Before there was any sense that contagion might spread even to Saudi Arabia, some analysts were warning of $220 oil...

Community Hydro scheme raises £450K

Stockport Hydro have recently raised £450K for a community energy scheme – approaching their target of £550K. It’s a great example of large-scale community schemes in action. Anyone wanting to support the the scheme can register their interest at...

BEC newsletter #4 – and can you help?

Hi everyone, Exciting times at Brighton Energy Co-op! After raising start-up cash through January, we are now in discussion with six different sites for our panels – including a couple of schools, a hospital, a new sports facility as well as several others. We...