Kayla Ente - CEO and Founder

Brighton and Hove Energy Services Co-operative

BHESCo was founded in 2012 by Kayla Ente with the vision of making it as easy as possible for property owners to transition away from fossil fuels and towards renewable energy.

Kayla began her career with Deloitte & Touche in San Francisco and Ernst & Young in Amsterdam before moving to Greenpeace International in 1993.

In 1999, as a business and project development consultant, her client portfolio included Nuon (the Dutch utility), and Ecofys  (European pioneers in renewable energy).

At Nuon, she was the financial technician on wind farm development in China and Spain and PV development 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 providing business development and advisory services to utilities and SME’s in the Cleantech industry.

She moved to Brighton in 2012 to set up BHESCo, and that’s when things began to take shape for the co-operative.

Listen to a 2017 interview in which Kayla Ente talks about her experiences setting up the co-operative in Brighton and Hove

The next three years were some of the hardest in the co-op’s history, which saw Kayla spend countless hours building community support while also developing BHESCo’s first projects.

By summer 2015 everything was in place and a share offer was launched to encourage investors. This was a critical moment or BHESCo – if not enough funds were raised, then none of the projects could happen.

Three years of hard work paid off and enough money was raised to build BHESCo’s first four renewable energy projects.

In the years since then, BHESCo has raised over £500,000, and has assets worth £323,000. In keeping with Kayla’s original dream, the co-op has completed 42 energy projects which save 240 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually.

Its been an incredible journey since Kayla first left San Francisco all those years ago, but there is still a long way to go.

Speaking in July 2017, Kayla said:

“Without those visionary investors from 2015 we wouldn’t be where we are today - we will forever be grateful to those ho 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

Kayla Ente is BHESCo’s primary project manager and designer of the economic model that is employed in all of our community energy projects.

Kayla is a qualified accountant and has an MBA in Environmental Management from the TIAS Business School in the Netherlands.

Kayla was recently profiled as a judge for the annual Sussex Life Awards, and was also featured in Women In Leadership magazine.

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