BEC’s Solar Projects
We are the proud owners of 80+ community-owned 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 over the past ten years, 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.
Community investment in BEC Solar Projects (£)
Brighton Energy Co-op MEMBERS
BEC Community Energy Projects
Our expanding portfolio of commercial partners includes Shoreham Port, 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 built a solar PV on the roofs of BCMY, Medisort and RT Page in Littlehampton.
Infinity Foods is the largest distrubutor of whole foods in Europe, with an annual turnover of more than £25m. Their warehouse consumes large amounts of electriciy; using BEC's community-funded solar panels means substantial reductions and carbon savings each year,...
Maidstone United work with Brighton Energy Coop to house solar panels on the roof of buildings at the club. The panels produce electricity to cover about two thirds of the club’s needs, including floodlighting. Club co-owner Oliver Ash said: “This agreement will...
Solar energy powering the UK's first solar electric buses. BEC’s solar PV support the Port in becoming a major centre for renewable energy Our solar systems save the Port thousands of pounds each year on electricity bills he bright yellow Big Lemon...
Solar For Schools
BEC works with Brighton and Hove City Council, Worthing and Adur Council, the University of Brighton and various Academies to bring solar to many of their educational buildings. We’ve put free solar on Portslade Aldridge Community Academy, Blatchington Mill Secondary School, GBMC, Ore Valley College, and numerous local primary schools – which all benefit from our solar power.
Coldean Primary School Goes Solar with Brighton Energy Co-op Coldean Primary School in Brighton & Hove is home to 370 four to eleven year olds, and another pioneer of Brighton and Hove City Council’s solar schools program. Our 60kWp solar system, built in July...
First Brighton & Hove Authority School To Get BEC Solar High up on the Sussex Downs, Woodingdean Primary School was the first of our partnerships with Brighton and Hove City Council. Woodingdean is a 60kWp system, and as well as providing educational resources to...
Balfour Infants & Junior School received a 120kW Solar System in May 2020 The 10th local Brighton & Hove school to partner with us to put a free Solar PV energy system on their roof was Balfour Infants & junior School. This local 5 Ways school now has a...
Residential and in the Community
We’ve put solar PV on both St George’s Church in Brighton and 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 we’ve also helped the Brighton Earthship develop solar energy on their roof and supported other low-carbon schemes via our Community Fund. You can also see a selection of our off-grid systems here.
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