Author Archive | Will Cottrell

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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Community Energy takes on Fracking as 15 community energy schemes launch across Sussex

Balcombe hit the headlines again this week: not because of the Sauron-like threat of evil Cuadrilla, but because plucky locals in the village have started their own community energy scheme: REPOWERBalcombe. Indeed, REPOWERBalcombe is one of 15 energy coops launched recently across Sussex. Under the mentoring of Community Energy South, these community groups are now […]

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Community involvement with solar farms: what it means for councillors, planners and community groups

Above: the largest community-owned solar farm in the UK: Westmill Solar Coop near Oxford, where 5000 local people own £16 million of solar PV. Many places across the country are seeing solar farm developments. Interestingly, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has also recently issued guidance that new renewable developments should have a […]

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