Author Archive | Will Cottrell

New wind turbines given thumbs up at Shoreham Port

Shoreham Port is set to be the site of two new wind turbines after Adur planners recently approved the project. Located at the top of the beach near Shoreham power station, the turbines will feed power to the Pump House near the Port’s lock gates. The two Novento nED100 turbines consist of a three bladed […]

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Brighton Energy Coop Working Group meeting, 9th April – Is Anaerobic Digestion the next BEC project?

Above: a Qube Renewables anaerobic digestor   Why is Brighton and Hove not recycling its food waste? A Brighton Energy Coop report from a few years ago identified that a staggering 30,000 tonnes of food from commercial companies in Brighton gets thrown into landfill each year. There are many possibilities to tackle this – including […]

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The regulator seeking to kill community energy

For nearly nine months a stalker has plagued Community Energy. While many new community groups are either planning fundraising or actually installing new renewables, the Financial Conduct Authority has been shadowing the sector, threatening  two radical shake ups: one of which creates unnecessary uncertainty, the other of which would kill community energy stone dead. Both […]

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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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