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May 2020 Newsletter
Low carbon heating for Firle village
Following a successful funding bid to the Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF) BHESCo will be developing a low-carbon heating solution in 22 properties in Firle, where many homes currently rely on dirty oil for heat. We will be designing four shared heat networks where heat is absorbed from beneath the ground and transferred through underground pipes for use in residents' homes by ground source heat pumps installed in each property.
NEW PROJECT: Plumpton College
BHESCo have completed a 97kW rooftop solar project at Plumpton College. The upfront cost of the project was met through a community share offer and the system was installed by our partners at EcoSphere Renewables.
Over their operational lifetime we expect these solar panels to save the school £96,680 on energy bills and reduce CO2 emissions by 547 tonnes - which is equivalent to 603 Trans-Atlantic flights!
Increasing our reach with a new eCargo Bike
Brighton and Hove City Council has made a successful funding bid for 12 new eCargo bikes for the city, one of which will be used by BHESCo to deliver our fuel poverty alleviation work.
Having an eCargo bike means that we can now survey a home and install recommended energy saving measures in a single visit, halving the amount of time taken and doubling the number of people we can support.
NEW PROJECT: Bunker Housing Co-op
BHESCo are delighted to have partnered with Bunker Housing Co-op to help make their two new properties in Brighton generate their own clean electricity and hot water.
In addition to installing a 2.7kW rooftop solar PV system for each home, BHESCo have also fitted hot water cylinders and intelligent diverters to redirect any excess solar power into the cylinders, generating free hot water in sunny periods.
National Volunteer Week
Next week is National Volunteers Week, and we wanted to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to all of our volunteers past and present who have dedicated so much time and energy into the success of our co-operative.
From help with blog writing and film making to energy bill advice and project development, we owe a great debt of gratitude to our tireless team of volunteers. Thank you all - you are invaluable to us.
In Other News...

Community Energy Fortnight 2020
This year's Community Energy Fortnight theme is exploring how to 'Harness Our Power' in order to grow our resilience during the Coronavirus crisis and build back better. The two week event runs from 13th - 28th June, and you can sign up for free webinars and other ways to get involved here.

BLOG: Why an energy efficiency retrofit revolution will deliver huge gains for people and planet
Support for the UK renovation sector would create thousands of new high skilled jobs, make our homes warmer, reduce energy bills, tackle fuel poverty and help the UK achieve its net zero targets. Read more

Plans submitted for a new nuclear reactor at Sizewell C in Suffolk
EDF have submitted plans to develop a new nuclear power station in Suffolk. Local wildlife campaigners are protesting due to the major environmental damage they fear this would cause. There is also strong evidence from researchers at the University of Sussex that civil nuclear projects are used to subsidise the costs of military nuclear programmes. Read our blog on why nuclear power is not the solution to the UK's energy needs

MPs call for Just Transition Fund to spur green recovery towards net-zero
A commission of cross-party MPs has added to the calls for the UK to prioritise and deliver a green recovery from the Coronavirus pandemic, claiming that £30bn should be spent on a climate-focused recovery that also establishes a £5bn national Just Transition Fund. Read more

 
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