Mike Weatherley, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade, has joined his colleague the Rt Hon Greg Barker MP, Minister of State for Energy & Climate Change, on a visit to the pioneering community Brighton Energy Coop scheme.
On the visit, Mike and Greg were given a tour of the latest solar PV panel installation and took to the roof to see the 800 panels up close. On Monday 16th June, work began on installing a 200kw array on top of a shed in Shoreham Port. Over the next 18 months, the Brighton Energy Coop hopes to double its current capacity. Mike has been so impressed with the project that earlier in the year, Mike invested £300 in the scheme. For more information on Brighton Energy Co-op, click here.
Commenting, Mike said: “When my colleague Greg Barker MP asked where he should visit in Brighton & Hove, I instantly suggested a tour of Brighton Energy Co-op’s latest scheme at Shoreham Port, which I had the honour of turning on earlier in the year. Greg’s presence is an indication of just how serious the Government is about renewable energy schemes.”
Commenting, Greg Barker, said: “Since I became a minister in 2010 over half a million homes have started to generate their own electricity using solar PV and new community energy projects are opening up the opportunity to join the solar revolution to engage in the community. This project here in Shoreham, championed by Mike Weatherley MP is a great example of community action”.