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Brighton Energy Coop

Brighton Energy Coop is about community-owned renewable energy. They get people together, everyone puts in a little bit of cash and collectively they are able to build large scale renewable energy systems. Money raised from selling the electricity flows back into the coop; it’s then distributed in the form of a community fund, interest to members and paying back capital. Their host sites benefit from the cheap electricity that their panels provide.

Brighton Energy Coop - What They Do

What they do

Brighton Energy Coop is about community-owned renewable energy. They get lots of people together, everyone puts in a little bit of cash and collectively are able to build large scale renewable energy systems. Money raised from selling the electricity flows back into the coop; it’s then distributed in the form of a community fund, interest to members and paying back capital. Read more

Financial performance

To raise money to install solar panels, Brighton Energy Coop sell shares in with shareholders becoming members of BEC. They aim to provide members a return on investment of 5% a year, starting 12-18 months after each project is installed. 5% of capital is also available for repayment each year. The minimum shareholding is £300 and the maximum is £100,000.


First interest payment

April 2021

Expected return

5%

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 indicator

    1,900

    vulnerable older homeowners helped

Governance and people

Who benefits

Brighton Energy Coop - Who Benefits

By buying shares you join Brighton Energy Coop and help finance the development, marketing and capital costs of their new projects. Each project is assessed by the BEC team to ensure they are suitable to deliver a return sufficient to cover operations, maintenance, capital repayment costs and 5% interest.


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