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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
From The Guardian Launching a new fossil fuel industry was a bad idea, and a coalition of localists and environmentalists appears close to defeating it Less than four months after what was supposed to be a new beginning for fracking in England, when Cuadrilla resumed...read more
This is community energy in action! #SolarForSchools Well it's been quite a ride over Christmas and New Year! Since we launched our latest series of community-owned solar PV projects we've raised £258,000 – and built one: 60kWp of new community-owned solar PV at Grand...read more
#communityenergy in action! Yesterday work began installing a 60kWp solar system at the @uniofbrighton #grandparade site - here's the framing that will hold the #solar panels in place. Find out details of all our solar projects - https://t.co/kUeSQWtF8N...read more
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
April 2019 update - BEC secures exemptions to the end of FITs at THIRTY sites See here for details July 2018: 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...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...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. If...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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