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Invest In Community Energy

We invite you to invest in BHESCo to support community owned renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in Sussex

Join other shareholders who are driving the transition away from fossil fuels by choosing to invest in community energy.

Earn an attractive rate of 5% interest each year

Join our community and have a say in our governance

Support local clean energy projects

Invest In Community Energy And Earn 5% Interest

An investment in BHESCo’s will earn you interest at 5% each year* while funding the development of new community energy projects in Sussex.

By making an investment in BHESCo you will be creating a more resilient and sustainable community while helping to reduce our collective environmental impact.

Have A Say In Our Governance

By investing in BHESCo you will become a part-owner of the co-operative and be invited to attend our Annual General Meetings and other social events throughout the year.

At Annual General Meetings each shareholder is entitled to one vote no matter how many shares they own.

You will have an opportunity to scrutinise and approve our accounts as well as voting on the appointment of board members and asking questions about the future plans of the business.

Other Benefits Of Investing In Community Energy

In addition to receiving an attractive 5% return on your investment and having an equal say in how we are run there a number of reasons why you should become our next investor:

  • Reduce our collective carbon footprint
  • Reduce fuel bills for residents and businesses
  • Create demand in local supply chains
  • Support new employment opportunities in Sussex
  • Create a resilient local economy
  • Support an innovative business model that is a blueprint for groups across the country

*5% = 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.

Solar For Schools

This summer BHESCo want to bring together our local community with one goal in mind – to help us put as much solar power as possible on local schools in Brighton and Hove.

We’re raising funds to put solar panels on five local schools which combined will save enough carbon dioxide to offset 1,393 TransAtlantic flights!

Lifetime Project Savings To Schools

£337,606

1,263 tonnes CO2

What Are People Saying About BHESCo?

"BHESCo works hard to improve the quality of life for local families by reducing the amount of energy they need and by encouraging the uptake of clean, locally generated, renewable energy to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels"
Caroline Lucas Quote Brighton and Hove Energy Services Cooperative Investment Tesitimonial
Dr Caroline Lucas
MP for Brighton & Hove
"BHESCO is an amazing organisation helping our community to secure lower bills and helping Brighton and Hove reduce its carbon footprint."
Phelim MacCafferty
Brunswick and Adelaide Councillor. Brighton & Hove City Council
"It's a great local idea whose time has come: insulation, warmer homes, lower bills, community ownership, and renewable energy. Brighton and Hove's ready for it!"
Thurston Crockett
Sustainability Team, Brighton & Hove City Council

What Are Investors Saying About BHESCo?

"I love this vision and would encourage everyone in Brighton and beyond to invest in BHESCo and support community energy in the UK"
Testinonial - Why Everyone In Brighton Should Invest In Community Energy
Henrietta
BHESCo Shareholder
"When the opportunity came to invest in BHESCo I leapt at the chance. I love what BHESCo is doing and hope it will be a big success"
Invest In Community Energy - Shareholder Testimonial 2
Richard
BHESCo Shareholder

Energy Projects Completed 2015 > 2019

Community Energy Investment In The UK - The Bigger Picture

Across the UK communities are coming together to invest in local energy projects that deliver immediate and significant results.

A report from Community Energy England found there are over 48,000 members of community energy groups invested in projects that collectively reduce CO2 emissions by an incredible 71,000 tonnes per year (equivalent to taking 15,000 cars off the road).

With support from visionary investors like you, our movement will only get stronger.

We very much hope you will soon become the latest supporter to join the community energy revolution.

48,000 members

£14.3 million invested

302 projects completed

Why BHESCo Needs You

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 5% interest on their investment*.

We’ve completed 42 community energy projects in this way, and its all down to the belief and support of investors like you – thank you all!

By raising funds from the community, we remove the burdensome upfront costs that prevent property owners from installing clean energy measures. This allows everyone to take part in the energy revolution and support community owned energy in Sussex.

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.

“Without our first visionary investors from 2015 we wouldn’t be where we are today - we will forever be grateful to those who believed in us from the start.

To get to where we want to be and to have a real impact on our energy supply and climate change we need to aim even higher. We’ve proven that our economic model works and that we can repay our investors with interest. We now need more investors to take the leap with us and help transition to a low carbon economy for the sake of future generations”
Kayla Ente
Founder and CEO

Our New Projects For 2019

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Things To Consider Before You Invest

Investors can purchase shares which have a value of £10 each. The minimum investment is £250 (25 shares) and the maximum is £100,000 (1,000 shares).

The drop down menus below contain important information which we need to share with you before you decide to invest. The information is taken from our 2019 Investor Pack

BHESCo is a social enterprise which is owned by and managed for the benefit of its members.

As a consumer co-operative we are bound by our Rules to act for the benefit of the communities in which we operate. This is a fundamentally different way of doing business on energy, as seen in the highly successful and well established model of community owned energy businesses elsewhere in Europe.

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As with any purchase there are a number of things to consider before investing your money. In particular you should appreciate that the value of your shares cannot go up, but may go down, so that you may not get back the amount you invested.

The Co-operative is registered with but not authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority and therefore the money you pay for your shares is not safeguarded by any depositor protection scheme or dispute resolution scheme.

If any person has any doubt about the suitability of the investment which is the subject of this Share Offer they should consult with an appropriate authorised financial advisor on this investment.

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BHESCo receives income from a variety of different revenue streams, including the sale of energy through the Feed-In-Tariff and Renewable Heat Incentive as well as direct to our customers from projects we have developed.

BHESCo intends to pay 5% interest to our investors on an annual basis, dependent on financial performance and cash flow. Shareholders can decide to have their interest paid out, invest it back into BHESCo, or donate it to our fuel poverty programme.

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There is a one-member-one-vote rule irrespective of size of shareholding, and as a member you can get further involved through member meetings, joining working groups and standing for election to the Board.

BHESCo will not have “major shareholders” as each member has one vote regardless of the size of their shareholding. This ensures that no individual, organisation or group of individuals or organisations will have control of the Co-operative

The Share Offer is open to individuals over 16 years of age and to organisations who support the objectives of the Co-operative.

The minimum investment is £250 and the maximum is £100,000. Shares cost £10 each.

Under Money Laundering Regulations you may be asked to provide evidence of your identity.

The terms and conditions of the share offer are subject to English Law.

Your investment in principle is for 13 years. We request a minimum of 3 years in order to establish the cash flows required to sustain the business. After the third anniversary members may apply to the for repayment of some or all of their investment.

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