Brighton and Hove Energy Services Co-op (BHESCo) were the envy of the sustainability community when they picked up Green Business of the Year award at the 2018 Brighton & Hove Business Awards (the ‘BAHBA’s’).
The gala event was held at the Hilton Metropole and was attended by 400 representatives from the Brighton community, including East Brighton MP Lloyd Russell Moyle and local legend Fatboy Slim.
The award was presented by Lorraine Bell from the University of Brighton’s Green Growth Platform, a local organization who provide support, grants, advice, and networking opportunities to local sustainable businesses.
When presenting the award, Lorraine told the audience:
By offering a ‘Pay As You Save’ model, BHESCo is able to develop energy projects for their customers at no upfront cost using funds raised from the local community. This means that customers start to see savings on their energy bills immediately, and don’t need to worry about finding the cash to pay for new equipment.
BHESCo have completed 35 community energy projects in this way since 2015 and are now working on several large scale projects that could prove to be game changers in the industry. These include transitioning an entire rural village from kerosene oil to a renewable heat network, powering the railways with solar electricity, and establishing the first community owned anaerobic digestion plant in the UK.
Dan Curtis, who collected the award on behalf of BHESCo, said: