BHESCo stands for Brighton and Hove Energy Services Co-operative, and we are a not-for-profit social enterprise who partner with property owners and renters in Sussex, enabling them to take control over their energy supply and reduce the environmental impact of their buildings.
BHESCo operates within the community energy sector, providing consultancy and project management services and developing new projects through the power of community investment.
Based in Brighton and Hove, we have delivered many successful community energy projects throughout Sussex and our reach is growing.
We have the expertise and the ambition to scale our social business model throughout England, and hope to be considered as an archetype of how heat and power needs can be met sustainably, affordably, and democratically.
With our help, our customers are leading a community energy revolution – together pioneering a new way to meet the financial and environmental cost of the energy we use, now and for decades to come.
Our mission is to empower everyone in England to meet the cost of their energy needs with efficient buildings and clean, affordable, community-owned energy.
We will become leaders of the community energy movement, recognised for the depth of our knowledge, excellence in project delivery and strength of our community relationships.
BHESCo is a consumer co-operative with over 400 shareholder members who all have an equal say in our governance.
Our shareholder members include those who have made an investment in our co-operative as well as all of our community energy project customers. In this way we remain accountable to our customers long after the project installation has been completed.
As a co-operative, each of our members is entitled to one vote regardless of how many shares they hold.
For a minimum investment of £500 you can become a member of BHESCo today, entitled to 3% annual interest* on your investment plus the right to vote on the future of the business at our Annual General Meetings.
Kayla is founder and CEO of Brighton and Hove Energy Services Co-operative. BHESCo empowers people to meet their heat and power needs with efficient buildings and clean, affordable, community-owned energy, having developed the financial and technical solutions to facilitate the path to Net Zero for communities. She is a non executive director of RetrofitWorks, a transformational co-operative offering quality assured energy efficiency measures using their unique retrofit platform.
Kayla is a qualified accountant with an MBA in Environmental Management from the TIAS Business School in the Netherlands. She began her career with Deloitte & Touche in San Francisco and Ernst & Young in Amsterdam before becoming a financial manager at Greenpeace International in 1993.
In 1999, as a business and project development consultant, her client portfolio included Nuon, a Dutch utility, and Ecofys (European pioneers in renewable energy). At Nuon, she was the financial technician on wind farm development in China and Spain, supporting the development of PV projects in California and Hawaii. She advised the IEA on the feasibility of a very large scale PV project in the Sahara Desert for DESERTEC.
In 2004, Kayla moved to London, to start a consultancy service providing business development and advisory services to utilities and SME’s in the Cleantech industry. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Manufacturing. Kayla has been living in Brighton since 2012.
Kayla was honoured with an MBE in 2021 for her services towards community-led energy efficiency.
BHESCo was founded in 2014 by Kayla Ente, who remains the driving force of the co-operative to this day.
BHESCo’s initial community share offer was in 2015, when we successfully raised enough money to complete our first four community energy projects. Since then BHESCo have completed over 50 community owned energy rojects which together reduce CO2 emissions by more than 400 tonnes per year.
READ MORE >>> How Kayla Ente founded BHESCo
In their 2016 report ‘Local Energy In A Transforming Energy System’, the UK energy regulator Ofgem recognised BHESCo’s business model as a key solution to accelerating the transition to low-carbon energy .
We believe that everyone has the right to live in a warm home.
In Brighton and Hove there are an estimated 16,000 households living in fuel poverty, which means they cannot afford to adequately heat their homes during the winter to a comfortable level.
BHESCo is dedicated to improving the living conditions for those who are forced to live in cold, damp, depressing conditions.
Every winter we provide free energy bill advice talks and support sessions at food banks and health centres throughout Brighton and Hove. Since 2014, we’ve helped more than 2,500 residents to collectively hundreds of thousand pounds on their fuel bills.
We have also completed nealy one thousand free home energy surveys for households living in damp and hard to heat properties, making homes warmer, more liveable, and more affordable to heat.
Since 2015 BHESCo have completed 57 community energy projects which will cumulatively reduce carbon emissions by more than 7,000 tonnes over their operational lifetime in addition to saving our customers an estimated £2 million on the cost of their energy bills.
Added together our projects reduce enough carbon emissions to offset:
We are very proud to have been nominated for the following awards in recognition of our exceptional services:
Winner 2019 Regen Community Energy Initiative
Winner 2019 Community Energy England Carbon Saving Award
Winner 2019 NEA Heat Heroes Award
Winner 2018 Brighton and Hove Business Awards – Green Business of the Year
Finalist 2019 Energy Institute Awards
Highly Commended 2018 Energy Efficiency Awards South East
Finalist 2017 Community Energy England Energy Champion Award
Winner 2016 Community Energy England Energy Saving Award
We’re constantly looking to improve our service and greatly value all feedback from our customers. Please take a moment to leave a review on Trustpilot or Google, where you can also see what others have had to say about BHESCo.
*3% annual interest = anticipated rate – your capital is at risk when you invest, so never risk more than you can afford to lose. Past performance is no guarantee of future performance. If you are in any doubt you should consult a financial adviser.