Mike Weatherley, Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade, was so impressed with Brighton Energy Co-operative following a visit to their latest project at Shoreham Port that he has personally invested in their next project.
After switching on the new 1,000-panel, £250,000 solar array at Shoreham Port, which has been funded entirely by members of the public, Mike and the team at Brighton Energy Co-operative discussed ways in which local people can support their efforts. The newest scheme, on the roof of Shed 10 in Shoreham Port, will generate enough electricity to power offices, a repair workshop and other port operations. This array is the first completed stage of a three-phase, £700,000 project that when finished will generate more than 500kWp of renewable solar energy.
The company are now looking for local investors to fund the next stage of the project – a 200kWp, £240,000 array on Shed 3a at Shoreham Port. Mike was so impressed that he invested £300. Those interested in investing should visit www.brightonenergy.org.uk for more details.
Mike said: “This demonstrates the real value of community-funded energy schemes. Brighton Energy Co-op not only offers people an opportunity to invest in solar energy and get a financial return on that investment, it creates work for local solar installers, and helps businesses and organisations reduce energy costs and become more efficient. That’s why I am delighted to support this inspiring initiative.”
Will Cottrell, Director of Brighton Energy Coop, said: “It’s great news that MP Mike Weatherley has invested in Brighton Energy Co-op. His support, and that of the hundreds of others who have bought shares in our solar arrays in Brighton & Hove, is building the city’s reputation as one of the leading places in the country for community-funded renewable energy. With more than £650,000 raised and 1,500 solar panels installed, Brighton Energy Co-op and its members are together forging an exciting new energy future.”