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Community Energy arrives at Newhaven Port!

Community Energy arrives at Newhaven Port!

BEC's Bond kicks off community solar at Newhaven All 570 panels of our latest Newhaven Port 320kW system are go!  The Witness Test was officially signed off on Monday (6th Feb).  The port is our second major infrastructure partner in Sussex.  BEC Co-founder, Will...

Four BEC Solar Projects at Shoreham Port – the EcoPort!

Four BEC Solar Projects at Shoreham Port – the EcoPort!

That's 8 Community Energy Systems! Oct 2023 saw BEC install a further 120kW of community owned #solar on four buildings at our long time partners Shoreham Port.  Shiny new solar panels can now be seen on their HQ Nautilus House, Maritime House Warehouse, Maritime...

33 Sussex Businesses Receive EU funded Solar Grant  from BEC

33 Sussex Businesses Receive EU funded Solar Grant from BEC

LAST OF EU SOLAR FUNDING HELPS SUSSEX BUSINESSES DURING ENERGY CRISISCommunity Solar Accelerator was a grant scheme run by Brighton Energy Co-op between 2021-2023. It was funded by the EU’s European Regional Development Fund. The grant provided match-funding to...

Brighton Energy Winter Solar News 2023

Brighton Energy Winter Solar News 2023

Summer Buzzed With Our Solar Projects, BBQ & Film Screening In this issue... BEC raises £700k in 1 month Our new solar projects kick off with Cardinal Newman Catholic School We wrap up our EU-funded Solar Grant scheme; 33 businesses received funds We host ‘The...

Brighton Energy Launches 6.5%, 5 Year Solar Bond – Invest Now!

Brighton Energy Launches 6.5%, 5 Year Solar Bond – Invest Now!

Brighton Energy Launches 6.5%, 5 Year Solar Bond - Invest Now!Hi there, I'm very pleased to tell you that we've just launched our first solar bond offering 6.5% interest per annum, with a five year term. Over the course of the last twelve years we've raised £4 million...

2022 Smashes BEC’s Solar Production Records

2022 Smashes BEC’s Solar Production Records

HIP HIP HOORAY! BEC's core objective is to take local action on #climatechange.  Part of that involves building new solar systems. But it also involves making our solar systems work as efficiently as possible. The metric that BEC uses for working out how much energy...

How Are We Doing? Please Tell Us.

How Are We Doing? Please Tell Us.

We want to hear from you! Please complete this super short survey. This is your energy co-operative so we want to hear your voices.  We can't do any of this great community renewable energy work without you. As part of Community Energy Fortnight 2023 we're collecting...

BEC Business Solar Spotlight

BEC Business Solar Spotlight

Brighton Energy Co-op fully funded Solar at Brighton MET CollegeBills be Gone: Solar Provides Light Relief on Energy Prices Energy prices are still at historic highs - and with no end in sight businesses are increasingly hunting out alternative ways of getting their...

Brighton Energy Spring Solar News 2023

Brighton Energy Spring Solar News 2023

What’s On The Horizon For Brighton Energy This Spring? In this issue... A Bumper Pipeline of Solar Projects 10 Local Businesses Receive One of Our EU-funded Solar Grants  BEC Bond Offer Update BEC’s Consultancy Launched Pioneering New Local Energy Community We’ve Been...

New BEC Investment Opportunity 6.5% Fixed 5 Year Bond

New BEC Investment Opportunity 6.5% Fixed 5 Year Bond

Let us know it you're interested! So - fresh for 2023 - we're moving on to our next major project. This will be 750kwp of new solar, or around 2000 solar panels, at a local port. To fund this exciting new Brighton Energy Co-op project, we are going to do something...

All Systems Are Go At Rathfinny Wine Estate!

All Systems Are Go At Rathfinny Wine Estate!

Happy New Year to you all! Our largest ever solar system was signed off and switched on today.  1410 panels are set to produce a whooping 578kWp and save 400 tonnes of CO2 pollution each year.  Thank you to everyone who has invested so far and worked through the...

Brighton Energy Winter Solar News 2022

Brighton Energy Winter Solar News 2022

Warm Your Cockles With Our Solar News In this issue... Over 120 people have invested in BEC's latest share offer - our biggest solar project yet.  We gave 8 EU-funded solar grants to local businesses, worth a total of £165,000.  BEC won an exciting new consultancy...

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...

Rathfinny Wine Estate Partners with BEC to Support B Corp Application

Rathfinny Wine Estate Partners with BEC to Support B Corp Application

Rathfinny Wine Estate in Alfriston, East Sussex is partnering with Brighton Energy Co-op (BEC) to provide 1500 community-owned solar panels on the roofs of the winery.  The project will save 400 tons of carbon each year - and support Rathfinny's application to gain...

BEC raises £300,000 – Join Now and Help Support Community Energy

BEC raises £300,000 – Join Now and Help Support Community Energy

Brighton Energy Coop's latest fundraiser has just hit the £300k mark - and counting! Over 70 people have bought shares in BEC in the last six weeks or so, helping us build more community-owned renewable energy in the south. This amazing effort is thanks to our...

Brighton Energy Summer Solar News 2022

Brighton Energy Summer Solar News 2022

Some Positive Solar News For You! Hope you are enjoying the summer. It's always a positive time for BEC as our solar generation hits the year's high point – read on to find out about our best ever solar generation day. Also included is our visits to our solar schools,...

Rudyard Kipling Primary & Nursery School Gets Cheap Solar Electricity

Rudyard Kipling Primary & Nursery School Gets Cheap Solar Electricity

Saving Local Schools Money Through Solar   As part of our 2019 Solar For Schools project 13 local Sussex schools received free community-funded solar PV energy systems.  Rudyard Kipling Primary School partnered with Brighton Energy Co-op (BEC) to put a 60kW...

BEC Supports Schools at ‘Our City, Our World’ Event

BEC Supports Schools at ‘Our City, Our World’ Event

BEC Helps Head Teachers & School Business Managers Head Teachers & School Business Managers are Under Increasing Pressure to Save £s & CO2 Brighton Energy were honoured to be invited to be a ‘city expert’ at Our City, Our World – Leadership for...

Brighton Energy Spring Solar News 2022

Brighton Energy Spring Solar News 2022

Welcome to our positive Solar NewsOur latest blog covers the fantastic generation at our sites now the sun's finally here, our exciting Opportunities for Solar Installers, our latest 'Walky Talky' social event, the conclusion of our EV Charger Network project and a...

Green Energy Awards – We’ve been shortlisted!

Green Energy Awards – We’ve been shortlisted!

We've been shortlisted for Regen's Green Energy Awards. The awards are a leading national celebration of pioneering innovation and sustainable development for the UK’s energy system. We're shortlisted in the Community Energy section, which recognises the role of...

Brighton & Hove Schools Encouraged to Join Energy Sparks

Brighton & Hove Schools Encouraged to Join Energy Sparks

Relationship Nurtured Between BHCC and Energy Sparks Gains Traction The solid relationship we have nurtured between Brighton & Hove City Council (BHCC) and national energy education charity Energy Sparks has far reaching benefits.  It has opened up this incredibe...

Brighton Energy Winter Solar News 2021

Brighton Energy Winter Solar News 2021

Welcome to our Winter NewsletterIn our latest update we cover our grant for small businesses going solar, our ever growing charge point network, a first from our solar education programme, the latest moves in government on supporting community energy, and the...

BEC Launches Community Solar Accelerator Grant Scheme!

BEC Launches Community Solar Accelerator Grant Scheme!

WE HAVE SOME GREAT 'ZERO CARBON' NEWS TO SHARE ON THE EVE OF COP26 STARTINGBrighton Energy Co-op is pleased to announce that we have secured funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to offer grants of up to £25,000 off the cost of solar PV arrays, or...

Energy Prices Will Continue to Rocket – Here’s Why

Energy Prices Will Continue to Rocket – Here’s Why

A recent fire at the UK-France IFA Interconnector knocked out 1000MW of electricity coming into the UK  With media attention focused on soaring domestic energy bills, for business consumers prices are even higher - with more to come.  The full impact of recent price...

Brighton Energy Autumn Solar News

Brighton Energy Autumn Solar News

High Electricity Prices are Good News for RenewablesWith electricity prices hitting headlines, you could be forgiven a sense of crisis. But apart from the obscene spectacle of government subsidising CO2 production in the year of the COP26 conference in Glasgow,...

Brighton Energy Summer Solar News

Brighton Energy Summer Solar News

Brighton Energy's Souped Up SummerNo lazy Summer days here at BEC - we'll be making solar while the sun shines! You may recall that a while back we secured quite a few exemptions to the end of the Feed in Tariff Scheme: well, at the end of March we polished off the...

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