Community-Owned Solar for Brighton and Hove Schools
Brighton Energy Coop is a Brighton and Hove City Council – approved contractor to roll out free solar on our city’s schools.
Schools can now host solar panels at no cost, and save significant amounts on their electriciy bills each year. A similar arrangement between BEC and Portslade Aldridge Community Academy (PACA), saved the Academy £5800 in 2017.
The rollout of solar PV on Brighton and Hove schools is a great community effort. Have a look at the full list of schools involved here, see below for how it works – and how you can help.
Help Put Green Energy at the Heart of our Community
Getting involved in our exciting schools initiative is easy. For more information, drop us a line using the form below or have a look at the click here to see how it works.
Let’s get going with solar on our schools and help our schools use their money for what’s really important.
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How it Works
In the past seven years BEC has raised more than £1,800,000 from the local community, and built 15 large solar installations. Here’s how it works for the schools project:
Step 1 - The Mini-Competition
There are three BHCC-approved organisations that schools can choose to carry out the free PV work. Initially, schools contact these organisations, and – at no charge – these organisations design a potential solar system and estimate cost savings. The school then decides which of the three it would like to carry out the work.
Step 2 - Community Funding
If the school chooses Brighton Energy Coop, we then crowd fund the cost of the PV system. To date, most of the £1.8 million invested in Brighton Energy Coop has come from the local community, although we also have a £1m funding facility for this project.
Step 3 - Installation
Our contractors build, commission and test the solar installation, get everything registered and put in place an ongoing maintenance agreement.
Step 4 - Benefits
The School receives cheap electricity, our members get a return on their investment and everyone benefits from reduced Carbon Dioxide in the atmosphere!