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Poisoning Poseidon with Plastics - We are the Sea's Disease Brighton and the 'Seaside' go together like 'fish and chips'. Brighton & Hove people know they are so blessed to be living close to the ocean. Most Brighton & Hove residents love the ocean! As well as...read more
People Want Environmental Solutions – and Brighton & Hove Has Them | Part 20 Comments Brighton Energy Coop's salute to our Brighton & Hove home as a green, caring, conscious city - Part 2. We hear a lot about the terrible trouble we are all in....read more
The UK government is intent on removing planning permission requirements surrounding fracking. Yet with Energy Minister Claire Perry demanding a "line of sight to commerciality", evidence from the US shows fracking almost never makes any money. The Economist put it...read more
People Want Environmental Solutions – and Brighton & Hove Has Them | Part 10 Comments Brighton Energy Coop's salute to our Brighton & Hove home as a green, caring, conscious city - Part 1. We hear a lot about the terrible trouble we are all in....read more
With the sun recovering its boldness today, solar rays have provided 76% of the energy at one of our biggest community-owned solar builds - Ore Valley College near Hastings. BEC's 1000-odd BYD solar panels at Ore Valley have been flexing their muscle all day today...read more
From Divest East Sussex - add your signature here Dear friends, With polls showing a sharp increase in public concern over the environment, Mark Rylance resigning from the Royal Shakespeare Company over its continued sponsorship by oil giant BP, and Theresa May...read more
Interesting from Environmental Finance: The combined total of all green and sustainability-linked loans issued to date has reached about $111.5 billion, according to figures compiled by Environmental Finance. The analysis reveals a market that exploded into action...read more
On 4th May the British Geological Survey (BGS) received more than 100 reports of an earthquake near Gatwick Airport. Measuring 2.5 on the Richter Scale, the tremor is the latest of 34 earthquakes in the area in the last 12 months. Oil company Horse Hill Developments...read more
Dear All, The call to action is in response to GTRailways (Southern, Thameslink, Gatwick Express) who have are now consulting on their £15m Community Benefit Fund which they have had to set-up to compensate for all the delays and disputes etc over the four years! The...read more
We recently received this in our inbox and thought it worth passing on... Dear Supporter Our campaign for the Local Electricity Bill continues to gain support in Parliament and across the country. If made law the Bill will give a huge boost to community-scale...read more
Great news! BEC recently polished off phase 1 of our solar schools programme: solar panels on five new educational buildings - including: - Woodingdean and Coldean Primary Schools (60kWp each) - Ore Valley College (250kWp) - and 240 panels the Uni of Brighton's Grand...read more
Humans consume 221 tonnes of coal, 1,066 barrels of oil, and 93,000 metric cubes of natural gas every second. The greenhouse gases released through burning these fossil fuels have a disastrous effect on our planet. Scientists warn that we face catastrophic and...read more
Last week Brighton Energy Coop hit a major target – we've raised just over £400,000 for our new solar builds. A big welcome to all our new members – nearly 100 people - and also thanks to those members who have increased your existing investments. We couldn't do this...read more
Recently completed BEC Community Solar at Ore Valley College near Hastings, 250kWpread more
There's been a lot of talk about the end of the solar subsidy known as Feed in Tariffs (FITs). For eight years FITs were the basis on which nearly 1 million UK buildings installed solar panels. In March FITs were summarily scrapped. This, many posited, meant UK solar...read more
In just 8 years we’ve raised over £1.7M, have 400 members and have built 26 sites
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“None of this would be possible without you.
BEC isn’t backed by venture capitalists or private equity, pension funds or fossil fuel companies. The only money we get is from you.
The £1.7 million we’ve raised to date is purely community investment.
We’ve no debt, and 80% of the money is from Brighton itself.
This is community energy in action!”
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