UK Community Energy movement now worth £190,000,000

The UK’s community energy movement has mushroomed to a staggering £190 million, according to a new report. Community Energy England launched their State of the Sector report in Manchester last weekend, which showed: At least 30,000 people have invested in...

WANTED: Project Finance professionals

As part of our ongoing fundraising we have several big new solar projects in the pipeline, and are looking at new ways to fund them. As such we have identified that we need more expertise in project finance. Until now we have raised more than £1.6 million through...

Is Business Rate Hike a Taste of Renewable Taxes to Come?

Could the angry debacle surrounding the changes of tax rules for solar PV installations be a taste of future renewable energy taxes to come? The changes by an obscure quango, the Valuation Office Agency (VAO) will push up business rates on solar PV installs . Argument...

Solar Powering ahead in Brighton area

How things have changed. In June 2010 only 12 homes in Brighton were kitted out with solar PV. Our recent analysis shows Brighton now has 8.4 MW of solar PV now within the city authority area, more than 30,000 solar panels. Solar capacity in Brighton and the...

Action on Fuel Poverty – can you help?

Fuel poverty has for a long time been the unwanted sibling of the green family. Outrageously, at least two people died of fuel poverty last year in Brighton and Hove; many more suffer from a lack of affordable power – often unknown and uncomplaining. While here...

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...

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...

Scaling up Community Energy: a how-to Guide

  We’ve done well. Really well. The 40-odd energy coops that exist across the country have so far raised £18m quid for spanking new renewable installations. In 2013 131 new energy coops were registered, so we’re looking forward to seeing things grow hugely...

£400,000 raised, £50,000 to go!

Hi folks, Brighton Energy Coop has now raised the rather incredible total of £400,000, leaving just £50,000 before we can install our second huge solar project at Shoreham Port. You can help us achieve our latest target: by becoming a member of Brighton Energy Coop...

New Brighton Energy Coop project begins!

Hi folks, I’ve very pleased to say that our new 212kWp solar array at Shoreham Port is now ready to generate. Delivered on time and on budget, we’ve just a few more things to connect to the grid and we’ll be ready to go! And we’re not finished...

Claiming EIS tax back from your BEC investment

Brighton Energy Coop has just qualified for EIS tax status. This means investors in BEC can claim 30% of the money they invested into Brighton Energy Coop as an EIS tax rebate. To do this, email info (at) brightonenergy.org.uk and we’ll then provide you with a...

Solar prices continue to tumble

In contrast to public perception, solar power just gets cheaper and cheaper. The price of some panels have fallen up to 28% in 2012, and most panels are becoming 3-5% cheaper each month. The falling price of solar has nothing to do with the UK. Instead, it’s...

Renewable developers should join Energy Coops

Brighton Energy Coop is calling for companies developing renewables to support community-energy schemes, following the launch of a consultation by DECC. Our proposal is that private renewable energy developments help finance locally-owned energy projects as part of...

Brighton Energy Coop overperforming by 10%

Brighton Energy Coop’s solar systems are outperforming expectations by at least 10% since we installed in mid July. As the graphs here show, our solar system at Hove Enterprise Centre (HEC – 66% of our total system) has now generated nearly 20,000 KwH of...

Sun shines on Lewes community energy

Brighton Energy Co-op is following a tested business model. Chris Rowland, a director of Ovesco Ltd, which has successfully completed a community energy scheme in Lewes, explains how they made it work and what happened next. Ovesco was started by a group of local...

FIT revives as solar prices plummet

A dramatic fall in the price of solar has meant solar schemes are once again viable – even with the severe cuts in the Feed in Tariff. Over the last six months the price of solar has fallen steeply – in some cases by up to 70%. The falls in solar prices...