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

Solar for Schools, Academies and Colleges

Our community-funded model provides free solar to schools, academies, colleges and universities, saving carbon and significant money on electricity bills. Our pilot project with Portslade Aldridge Community Academy (PACA) in 2016, saves 155 tonnes of CO2 a year (the equivalent of 350 trees) and saves PACA around £5000 each year.

 We’re a Brighton and Hove City Council-approved contractor and we’ve installed free solar at: 

Woodingdean Primary School

Coldean Primary School

Carden Primary School

Hove Park LOWER School 

Hertford Junior School

Balfour Infants & Junior School


Greater Brighton Metropolitan College

Brighton University

Rudyard Kipling Primary

Blatchington Mill School

Ore Valley College

Lindfield Primary

Hove Park UPPER School


Desmond Anderson Primary

Hillbrow Sports Centre, part of the University of Brighton – zero cost solar PV installation by Brighton Energy Co-op – annual electricity savings (£):

How BEC Solar Schools works

Since 2010 BEC has raised over £3m from the local community, and built more than 60 large solar installations. Here’s how it works:

Step 1 - Community Funding

We crowd-funded the costs of the school solar PV systems. Our 600+ investor-members receive a return on their investments – as well as funding positive community projects.

Step 2 - Installation

Our contractors build, commission and test the solar installations, get everything registered and perform any ongoing maintenance.

Step 3 - Benefits

Our host sites receive ongoing cheap electricity, often saving several thousand pounds a year on their bills – and everyone benefits from reduced CO2 in the atmosphere!