Portslade Academy – no cost solar PV installation by Brighton Energy Coop – annual electricity savings (£):

Community-Owned Solar for Brighton and Hove Schools

Brighton Energy Coop is rolling out a programme of free solar on our city’s schools.

This is Community Energy in action! Schools can now host solar panels at no cost, cut their carbon emissions and save significant amounts on their electricity bills. Our pilot project with Portslade Aldridge Community Academy (PACA), has saved 105 tonnes of CO2 since 2016 (the equivalent of planting 350 trees) and saves the Academy £5800 each year.

The rollout of solar PV on Brighton and Hove schools is a great community effort. Have a look below for the full list of schools involved, how it works – and how you can help.

We’re working with:


Woodingdean Primary

Coldean Primary

Carden Primary

Brunswick Primary

Hove Park Upper and Lower Schools

Hertford Juniors and Infants

Elm Grove Primary


Rudyard Kipling Primary

Westdene Primary

Mile Oak Primary

Blatchington Mill School

Balfour Primary

Linfield Primary

Desmond Anderson Primary

Hillborw Sports Centre, part of the University of Brighton – no cost solar PV installation by Brighton Energy Coop – annual electricity savings (£):

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 - Community Funding

We crowd-fund the costs of our new solar PV systems. So far we’ve used the money we have raised to build 15 large solar systems in our area, installing more than 10,000 panels. Our 500 investor-members receive 5% on their investments; you can see more about what it means to support BEC like this here.

Step 2 - Installation

Our contractors build, commission and test the solar installation, get everything registered and put in place an ongoing maintenance agreement.

Step 3 - Benefits

The School receives cheap electricity, our members get a return on their investment and everyone benefits from reduced CO2 in the atmosphere!

Become a member of Brighton Energy Coop

You can join us in our campaign to put FREE Solar on local schools.