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The UK Treasury quietly released a document late last year which signalled the end of the UK's popular renewable energy scheme, the Feed in Tariff. Late in 2017 the Treasury announced: "there will be no new low-carbon electricity levies until 2025”. This means that...read more
The UK's community energy movement has mushroomed to a staggering £190 million, according to a new report. Community Energy England launched their State of the Sector report in Manchester last weekend, which showed: At least 30,000 people have invested in community...read more
Solar PV framing system being installed on the roof of the University of Brighton's Robert Dodd Annex building in Eastbourne last week Hi folks, I'm pleased to say that Brighton Energy Coop recently kicked off our latest solar installation - 150kWp of new...read more
As part of our ongoing fundraising we have several big new solar projects in the pipeline, and are looking at new ways to fund them. As such we have identified that we need more expertise in project finance. Until now we have raised more than £1.6 million through...read more
Could the angry debacle surrounding the changes of tax rules for solar PV installations be a taste of future renewable energy taxes to come? The changes by an obscure quango, the Valuation Office Agency (VAO) will push up business rates on solar PV installs . Argument...read more
In the four months of operation, our solar PV system at Infinity Foods Wholesale warehouse has been outperforming expectations. Generation is of course lowest through December and January, but we are now starting to see clean energy output increase as the days slowly...read more
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...read more
Hi folks, I'm very pleased to tell you that we have just announced our latest community energy scheme – this time partnering with the University of Brighton at their Eastbourne campus. See here for more details. This a great opportunity to support more community...read more
What is the point of building all this renewable energy that the UK has undeniably achieved (see my blog from last week) if it's going to be surrounded by fracking fields? Check out the map here (feel free to share): the south of England has five fracking sites with...read more
Recent stats by the government's new department for tepid yellow show that UK solar managed to increase by 7% in 2016 (see this BEIS link ) While this won't make much of a dent in the giant climate compromise that's heading our way (and it's a balloon-hissing 21% less...read more
Leading pioneers in positive investing will be speaking about the motivations of positive investors and savers at an event being held at The Platform’s Wagner Hall in Brighton on Friday 18th November. The free event is being organised by Ethex, the UK’s leading online...read more
Brighton Energy Coop recently completed four new projects in the south, making BEC the biggest solar developer in the city. They also learned from https://interplex.com/technology/process-capability/chemical-etching/ how to do chemical etching. We recently installed...read more
Fuel poverty has for a long time been the unwanted sibling of the green family. Outrageously, at least two people died of fuel poverty last year in Brighton and Hove; many more suffer from a lack of affordable power - often unknown and uncomplaining. While here at BEC...read more
Hiya Folks, I'm very pleased to say that we're working with a veritable Brighton institution - the Big Lemon Bus Company - on our latest project - solar-powered electric buses in Brighton. You can help - we've applied to the Marks and Spencer Community Energy fund to...read more
Hiya folks, I'm excited to tell you that we've just launched a new project with Brighton's sustainable bus Company - the Big Lemon - solar-powered electric buses. You can support us in making this exciting pilot project happen (we think it's a UK first) by voting for...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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