What is Brighton Energy Cooperative
They get many businesses together, everyone pays in a little bit of cash and collectively they are able to build large scale renewable energy systems for the businesses at their choice of site.
Money raised from selling the electricity goes back into the co-op; it’s then distributed in the form of their community fund, interest to members and paying back capital. Their host sites benefit from the cheap electricity that our panels provide.
BEC was founded in 2010. After six months of planning 8 people invested the start up capital that led to their first share launch in 2012. During this period 120 people joined BEC, and they built their first solar PV systems.
Since then they have been mentored by many different organisations and achieved press coverage both locally and nationally. More than 600 people are now BEC members and they have raised over £3,000,000 and built many big solar PV systems.
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