Energy bid to allow people of Brighton invest in environmentally-friendly projects

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Brighton residents are being given the chance to invest in new low-carbon energy thanks to a new partnership.

In a bid to raise half a million pounds for new low-carbon energy, a Brighton energy co-operative has partnered with Ethex, an online investment platform.

Ethex, an investment platform which started in 2012, allows everyday people to invest in environmentally friendly organisations. In its seven year history, it has allowed 15,000 people to support 70 renewable energy, sustainable transport and affordable housing projects.

Its partnership with Brighton and Hove Energy Services Co-operative (BHESCo) - a co-operative devoted to helping small businesses make environmentally sustainable reforms - will allow everyday people to invest in eco-friendly projects throughout their community and helps support small businesses trade fossil fuels for more sustainable alternatives.

Among the 42 community projects BHESCo have completed since they were founded in 2015, they have provided a school with environmentally friendly heating and electricity, replaced fluorescent tubes with energy efficient LED lights in two indoor bowls clubs and provided a biomass boiler for an energy research business.

If successful, their new projects - which involve providing solar power for Varndean College and Brighton Road Baptist Church in Horsham - could reduce carbon emissions in Brighton by an estimated 1,300 tonnes, the equivalent to nearly 12,000 flights from London to New York.

To find out more about BHESCo, Ethex and their projects click here