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Carden Primary School - 180kWp of new community-owned solar planned for the new year Hi folks, I'm very pleased to say that we've just launched the latest of our new community-funded solar projects. We've been beavering away for the last six months to get these great...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
There's little time left before the end of the feed in tariffs scheme. And here's the straight truth: scrapping feed in tariffs in March will bring UK solar to a juddering halt. That's why I'm asking you to write to your MP. Tell them that instead of binning FITs,...read more
Grand Parade Solar - new community energy at the University of Brighton This November Brighton Energy Coop is again teaming up with a major Brighton institution to deliver clean energy to the heart of the city - this time installing solar power at the University of...read more
The Government is proposing to bar solar generators' access to the national grid, by killing off the export tariff, a mechanism via which solar owners sell their electricity to grid suppliers. The export tariff, the new BEIS consultation says, will be unavailable for...read more
Solar panel cost will fall by 35% this year, according to business advisory service Bloomberg. In Europe, the average solar panel price has already fallen by 10%; with suppliers and contractors predicting further price falls ahead. Bloomberg base their numbers on vast...read more
Solar for Schools is an initiative offering free solar panels to Brighon and Hove schools, Brighton Energy Coop recently signed a contract with Brighton and Hove City Council (BHCC) so that - as a local community energy organisation - we can provide solar for schools...read more
Community energy notched up another victory today with the announcement that Littlehampton toolmaker Naiad Plastics will be Brighton Energy Coop's next community-owned solar PV build. Naiad, a manufacturing company who make injection mouldings and precision tools,...read more
Recent figures show that the BN postcode area has been kicking out solar PV capacity. More than 9435 buildings across the BN area now have solar. That's around 36MW of clean solar power Brighton Energy Coop owns 3.3% of our region's solar capacity (with 1.35MW) - our...read more
The Tesla supercharger charging point - the equivalent power of 100 boiling kettles being put into your car Electric Vehicles (EVs) are pretty cool, eh? This weekend I rode an electric mountain bike: whatever the vehicle, it seems, electrification is on its way. Yet...read more
The UK has suffered a 'dramatic and worrying collapse' in clean energy investment, according to MPs. In cash terms, investment in clean energy fell by 10% in 2016 and then 56% in 2017. The House of Commons Enviromental Audit Select Committee said: "Annual clean energy...read more
BEC Launches THREE New Community Solar Projects - Get Involved! Well - here it is. Today sees the kick off for the first of our new solar projects for this year: THREE new community-owned solar installations in our area. You can help us get these exciting projects off...read more
Hi folks, I'm pleased to say that a staggering £290,000 has now been pledged to Brighton Energy Coop's latest community solar PV schemes. This excellent achievement has been done by BEC members both old and new; nearly 100...read more
New community energy and school solar projects fell by 99.4% after our incompetent government imposed cuts to the Feed in Tariff, an answer to a parliamentary question has revealed. Using OFGEM figures, Energy Minister Richard Harrington (nope, not heard of him...read more
Great news - we've now had £150,000 pledged towards our forthcoming solar projects, to be announced towards the end of the month. This is a fantastic response from both our 400-strong membership and the wider community. 45 people have said they would like to invest in...read more
In just 8 years we’ve raised over £1.7M, have 400 members and have built 26 sites
Money raised (£)
“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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