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.
We are a not-for-profit social enterprise who are passionate about enabling communities to take control of their energy supply.
Based in Brighton and Hove, we have delivered successful projects throughout Sussex and our reach is growing. We have the expertise to scale our offer throughout England, and hope to become known the world over as a model for how energy needs can be met sustainably and affordably.
With our help, our customers are leading the community energy revolution – together pioneering a new way to meet the financial and environmental cost of the energy we use, now and for years to come.
BHESCo is a consumer co-operative with over 390 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 £250 you can become a member of BHESCo today, entitled to 3% annual interest* and 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.
BHESCo was founded in 2014 by Kayla Ente, who remains the driving force of the co-operative to this day.
BHESCo’s initial share offer was in 2015, when we successfully raised enough money to complete our first four community energy projects. Since then we have completed 50 community owned energy projects which together reduce CO2 emissions by more than 375 tonnes per year.
We believe that everyone has the right to live in a warm home. In Brighton and Hove there are an estimated 15,000 households living in fuel poverty and BHESCo are dedicated to improving the living conditions of those living in cold, damp conditions.
Every winter we provide free advice talks and support sessions at food banks and health centres in Brighton. Since 2014, we’ve helped more than 2,000 residents to collectively save over £135,000 on their fuel bills.
We have also completed hundreds of free energy surveys for vulnerable households, making properties warmer, more liveable, and cheaper to heat.
Since 2015 BHESCo have completed 52 community energy projects which will cumulatively reduce CO2 emissions by 5,478 tonnes over their operational lifetime in addition to saving our customers an estimated £1.7 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:
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.
BHESCo is regulated by the FCA and is member and partner with a number of organisations
*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.