BEC News & Updates
Read about community energy, sustainable development, SolarPV and renewables, ethical and green investment, climate change, big oil and fracking… and our beautiful home town of Brighton & Hove!
Subscribe to receive our famously punchy newsletter:
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
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
April 2019 update - BEC secures exemptions to the end of FITs at THIRTY sites See here for details January 2018: 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...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
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!”
Get in Touch. Get Involved.
Contact us here with any of your questions about Brighton Energy Co-op, community energy, sustainable investment or our#SolarForSchools campaign.