Two new community energy projects in Sussex
Brighton and Hove Energy Services Co-op (BHESCo) are working on two new community funded clean energy projects in Sussex which will bring huge cost savings and carbon emission reductions.
At the Montessori Place School near Uckfield BHESCo are installing an 87kW ground source heat pump to replace their dirty oil heating system, delivering a long-term source of low carbon heat.
This builds on the work that BHESCo began back in 2016 with the Montessori Place School when we installed a variety of energy generating and energy saving measures when the school first opened.
A ground source heat pump works by absorbing heat from deep underground and transferring this to an underfloor heating system inside the school building.
By generating heat in this way BHESCo expect the Montessori Place to reduce their carbon emissions by over 1,000 tonnes during the lifetime of the equipment, while cutting air pollution from particulates, NOx and SOx that are emitted from the burning of fossil fuels.
Over in Lewes town centre BHESCo are working alongside their long-term partners at the Werks Group to re-purpose an abandoned building into a creative space for offices and co-working.
We aim to minimise the environmental impact of the building through a combination of a newky insulated roof, LED lighting and secondary glazing throughout, plus an 11kW rooftop solar panel system.
Both of these projects are to be funded through a community share offer where investors can buy shares in BHESCo and become part-owners of the co-operative and the projects.
What are the project partners saying about these amazing new projects?
Kayla Ente, the founder and CEO of BHESCo, said:
If the UK is to achieve its net zero carbon targets then it is essential for all property owners take whatever action they can to reduce their environmental impact. This is a great opportunity for anyone in Sussex who is concerned about climate change to take action by supporting these important projects”.
Ian Elwick, founder of the The Werks Group said:
Rob Gueterbock, Head of School at the Montessori Place, Uckfield, said:
How our investors make these low-carbon energy projects a reality
As a not-for-profit co-op, we rely on community investment to help fund our projects. Shareholders become members of our co-op and receive 3% interest on their investment*.
We’ve completed 5 community energy projects in this way, and its all down to the belief and s0upport of our investors.
By raising funds from the community, we remove the burdensome upfront cost that can prevent homes, schools, and other properties from installing clean energy measures.
This means that everyone can take part in the great energy transition and begin to power their lives with clean energy and efficient buildings instead of planet warming fossil fuels.
Our ambition is that every resident of Brighton & Hove becomes a member of our co-operative. Together we can truly take control of our clean energy future.
*3% = 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.