Brighton Energy Coop Community Fund
Our Community Fund is open for any organisation in Brighton and Hove, or East or West Sussex areas. The aim of the fund is to support either renewable electricity generation or to energy efficiency measures.
Each year BEC members vote to allocate the fund’s cash to local renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. This takes place each Autumn; for more details contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Winner 2015: Brighton Earthship
In 2015 members chose to fund a new solar array at the Brighton Earthship, an amazing piece of sustainable building in Stanmer Park. The Earthship provides a home for the many courses run by the Brighton Permaculture Trust and others.
To enable to BPT to increase the number of courses they could run, they applied for funding. Our members voted them the winners and the new PV system was installed in March 2016.
Winner 2016: BHESCo’s ‘Warmth for Wellbeing’ programme
In 2016 our members chose a very different beneficiary: Brighton and Hove Energy Services Coop. One of BHESCo’s activities is the ‘Warmth For Wellbeing’ programme, making homes warmer and more comfortable while also reducing monthly energy bills for those who may struggle to keep up.
BHESCo have already completed over 200 free energy surveys around Brighton; BEC members voted to provide funds to carry out more free home energy surveys and implement measures for some of the city’s most vulnerable residents.