Author Archive | Will Cottrell

Chilean delegation visits Brighton Energy Coop to learn about community energy

Last week Brighton Energy Coop hosted a delegation from Chile, visiting Brighton to look at innovative sustainability models that might be taken home to South America. Led by the British Embassy in Santiago, delegates included the representatives from the Chilean Ministry of Housing, the Ministry of Energy, and various Regional Energy and Environmental Authorities. The […]

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How much should you pay for your solar PV system?

Community energy is set for an impressive year. With more than 180 projects registered in 2013, many of these are now coming to fruition. Most of these are solar, so a key component for these schemes is obviously how much they should pay for their renewables kit. So: how much does a PV system cost […]

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Hi folks, Well, the year is nearly at an end so I thought I’d give you an update on how Brighton Energy Coop’s solar PV systems have been performing to date. You may recall that earlier in the year we raised £480,000 to install several thousand solar panels at Shoreham Port – see here for […]

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Independent solar analyst Enertis Solar finds our Shed 10 solar system producing more than expected!

Earlier this year we got together with Enertis Solar, an independent company specialising in technical assessment and engineering services for solar PV. We wanted Enertis to take a good look at our new community-owned systems at Shed 10 in Shoreham Port – one of five BEC’s projects that have been installed since 2012. Shed10 project […]

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Brighton Energy Coop with Caroline Lucas at the EcoTechnology show – 27th June

Hi folks, Given that we’re in the middle of our fifth new community-owned installation, there’s an interesting debate on the 27th June on the ‘Future of Community Energy’ at Brighton’s EcoTechnology Show, 12-13.00. Where are we going with our vision for locally-owned renewable energy? What might that future look like? I’m pleased to say I’ll […]

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Brighton Energy Coop kicks off new 200kw solar system

Brighton Energy Coop kicked off our fifth project this week – a 200kw installation at Shed 3a in Shoreham Port, Sussex. 818 panels currently sit on the dockside of the port, waiting to be hoisted onto the roof where the framing system is being installed. It’s another huge system, and goes alongside the 880 panels […]

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Guide to installing export metering for solar PV

First published on Sustainable Development Blog by BEC director Ross Gilbert Getting an export meter takes time and patience. It makes sense to start this process before installing your system as – crucially – payments are not made until you’ve got your meter in place. A flow chart has been been produced to sit beside […]

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South-facing solar vs East-West: should you care?

There’s something of a debate in solar land as to the benefits of south facing solar installations vs setups that are installed on an east/west orientation. Using a case study of one of our installations at Hove Enterprise Centre in Portslade (above, total size 87.84kWp), we’ve just produced figures that show that east/west oriented panels […]

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