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Brighton Energy Coop

Social performance

Brighton Energy Cooperative's objectives are to support locally based renewable energy and energy efficiency. They see increasing support for these measures within the Brighton area, most recently with the popular demand that Brighton and Hove City Council declare a Climate Emergency.

Key Social Performance Indicators (KSPIs)

KSPIs are a measure of how the business is performing on delivering its main social or environmental purpose. Read more

KSPI 1 - Community Fund

Brighton Energy Coop’s Community Fund provides renewable energy grants and grants for energy efficiency projects. Each year Brighton Energy Coop's members vote to allocate the fund’s cash to local renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. It’s open for any organisation in the BN postcode area.

The Community Fund is a grant of up to £3,500 sourced from BEC’s annual income plus donations from BEC members and supporters. It’s intended to subside a small local projects or practical initiatives that can deliver renewable energy and/or energy efficiency.

Projects need to demonstrate that they develop, deliver and/or promote a balance of environmental, economic and social benefits to the local community, by implementing renewable energy projects, delivering energy efficiency measures, alleviating fuel poverty, and/or undertaking educational and campaign initiatives.

Emphasis is put on practical projects that lead to real benefits to the local community in the BN postcode area within a short timescale.

Energise Sussex Coast

In 2017 Brighton Energy Coop members decided that our community fund would go to Energise Sussex Coast, a community group in Hastings that, in collaboration with the Brighton Energy Coop project development team, intends to launch its own community share offer. The funds were used to pay for Energise Sussex Coast's promotional materials and share offer document.

With Brighton Energy Coop's support the project intends to:

  • Link community investors with some of the poorest parts of Hastings.
  • Pioneer a community energy project in Hastings that’s one of the sunniest places in the UK.
  • Build capacity for larger projects in Hastings.
  • Reduce energy costs for community buildings in Ore.
  • Generate excitement and a community fund to develop further projects.

KSPI 2 - School installations and Community Development

Brighton Energy Coop is a Brighton and Hove City Council approved contractor to roll out free solar on the city’s schools. Schools can now host solar panels at no cost, and save significant amounts on their electriciy bills each year. A similar arrangement between Brighton Energy Coop and Portslade Aldridge Community Academy (PACA), saved the Academy £5800 in 2017.

Over the coming year, Brighton Energy Coop expects to install solar panels on the rooftops of 9 local schools.

The Brighton and Hove area is home to numerous environmental initiatives that range from community energy to anti-fracking. The winner of Brighton Energy Coops' community fund two years ago, BHESCO, won national acclaim for their work - which Brighton Energy Coop partly supported - on energy efficiency for fuel-poor households.

Brighton Energy Coop itself has seen increasing support - they have a growing membership of over 500 people, their  website is visited by more than 1000 people a month and they have recently won a tender from Brighton and Hove City Council to provide solar PV on up to fifty of the city's schools.

KSPI 3 - Carbon Dioxide Savings

it is estimared tha Brighton Energy Coop contributes to reducing CO2 emissions in the South East by more than 225 tonnes of CO2 per year

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