BEC’s Solar Projects

We are the proud owners of over 5MW of community-owned, roof-mounted solar arrays.

Our solar partners range from schools to businesses, and from blocks of flats to a football stadium.

Our solar systems are funded by our members – hundreds of people who joined us since 2010, to build renewable energy systems for our city.

Our members receive a return on their investment and the chance to join a dynamic, progressive organisation committed to the development of community-owned renewables.

 

Commercial Rooftops

Our expanding portfolio of commercial partners includes Shoreham & Newhaven Ports, Rathfinny & Bolney Wine Estates, Refine Metals near Horsham and The Big Lemon bus company in Brighton.

We also own solar energy projects on the roof of Maidstone United Football Club, at Infinity Foods Wholesale warehouse in Portslade, and in 2018 we put free solar on BCMY, Medisort and RT Page in Littlehampton. See the map above for all our solar sites.

Solar For Schools

BEC works with Brighton & Hove City Council, Worthing & Adur Council, the University of Brighton and various Academies to bring solar power to many of their educational buildings. We’ve put free solar on Portslade Aldridge Community Academy, Blatchington Mill Secondary School, Hove Park Lower & Upper, all four GBMC campuses, Ore Valley College, and numerous local primary schools.  See all our educational buildings projects here.

East Sussex College gets BEC Solar on Ore Valley Campus

East Sussex College gets BEC Solar on Ore Valley Campus

Brighton Energy Co-op members funded and built a 250kW system of 909 x 275W panels for East Sussex College’s Ore Valley campus in March 2019.  It generated 234 MWh in 2021 - the equivalent to boiling a kettle a million times! The financial savings for the college are...

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Hertford Juniors takes Action on Energy Use

Hertford Juniors takes Action on Energy Use

BEC Pioneers School-first Approach to Energy Learning Like many organisations, Hertford Junior School is feeling the impacts of increasing energy prices.  That's why the school has recently signed up to Brighton Energy Co-op's Solar Education Programme (SEP), an...

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Residential and in the Community

We’ve put solar PV on both St George’s Church in Brighton, City Coast Church in Portslade and on Park Gate in Hove, a block of residential flats. We have a large solar array on Splashpoint Leisure Centre in Worthing, and have helped the Brighton Earthship develop solar energy on their roof as well as supporting other low-carbon schemes via our Community Fund. You can see a selection of our off-grid systems here.

Powering student life from the sun

Powering student life from the sun

As part of the on-going partnership with Brighton University, BEC installed Solar PV at Chalvington Close, on the Varley Park student residences on the outskirts of Brighton.  Funded by community energy investors, in 2020 these generated over 12MWh of solar power. So...

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