Invest in our latest Community Energy share offer

Ovesco is a community group run by local volunteers for the local community in East Sussex

We create community owned renewable energy projects so our local community can become zero carbon. We have recently launched out new programme: Ovesco Sunny School Shares. For more information or to invest, click here

Sunny Solar Schools Community Share Offer

Across the world people are realising that we must act now to deal with man-made climate change. Extreme weather events are more and more frequent. David Attenborough’s recent programme: ‘Climate Change – the Facts’ starkly outlines the threat of climate change globally. School children across Europe have been striking and speaking out and Extinction Rebellion recently held high profile demonstrations in London. They all emphasise the need for urgent action now to reduce CO2 in the atmosphere.

Our most recent share offer has now closed.  But what this space for more chances to act to reduce carbon emissions in Sussex by investing in renewable solar energy.

Our community benefit society is fully registered with the FCA and managed by our board of directors which consists of local people who have invested in our projects

Ovesco investors

Sun, beer and electricity make use of 545 PV panels installed on the roof of our local brewery in July 2011. This 98kW ground breaking project has already generated over ½ million kWh’s and inspired community energy groups all over the UK.

Community Energy South

working as a co-operative we have a powerful voice. OVESCO supports Co-operatives UK, Community Energy South and Community Energy England to increase our locally owned energy supply.

WHAT WE DO

 

We develop community-owned renewable energy in East Sussex. We want to reduce our local carbon footprint and lower our dependence on imported energy in partnership with schools, businesses and local people.

We are creating community owned renewable generation assets to make the town carbon neutral.  So far we have built over 5.25 MW towards our target.
A question for debate: how can we create community owned “NegaWatts”? i.e. community owned energy saving projects, which would go considerably towards reducing our energy consumption.

Join us by investing in our projects, supporting new projects and sharing energy saving advice with friends and neighbours

Energy use in our area from Government statistics 2018:  

Lewes Town: 

Domestic electricity:          26,000 MWh
Non-domestic electricity: 12,000 MWh
Domestic Gas usage:         91,000 MWh
Non-domestic gas usage:  31,000 MWh 

Lewes District:
Domestic electricity:          176,000 MWh
Non-domestic electricity: 146,000 MWh
Domestic Gas usage:         476,000 MWh
Non-domestic gas usage:  102,000 MWh
Other residual usage:        248,000 MWh (21,000 tonnes e.g. oil for rural off gas)  

Eastbourne:

Domestic electricity:          158,700 MWh
Non-domestic electricity: 187,800 MWh
Domestic Gas usage:         158,700 MWh
Non-domestic gas usage:  202,200 MWh
Other residual usage:        93,000 MWh (8,000 tonnes e.g. oil for rural off gas). 

We are creating community owned renewable generation assets to make the town carbon neutral.  So far we have built over 5.25 MW towards our target.
A question for debate: how can we create community owned “NegaWatts”?  i.e. community owned energy saving projects, which would go considerably towards reducing our energy consumption. 

Join us by investing in our projects, supporting new projects and sharing energy saving advice with friends and neighbours  

 

 

OVESCO SUNNY SOLAR SCHOOLS PROJECT UPDATE 

Our share offer is now closed.  It has paid for installations on 4 more primary schools in Sussex – meaning we have created an additional almost 120 kW of projects.  The schools that will also gain additional benefits from the projects including reduced energy costs and some swanky educational monitors. 

We hope to solar installed on two additional schools before the end of March – and also on Landport Community Centre in Lewes.  This would generate an additional 65 kW of projects.  Time is tight and we are awaiting decisions.

 

Our community benefit society is fully registered with the FCA and managed by our board of directors which consists of local people who have invested in our projects

 

 

 

Quotes from partners and investors:

“A more environmentally friendly approach to energy consumption was something our students had pushed hard to achieve.
We are impressed with the ongoing partnership which has been forged between the school and OVESCO including the support for The Ashden Award.”

Tony Smith

Headmaster, Priory School, Lewes

“The live readings from our solar panels, along with individual pupils taking responsibility for turning off lights and equipment demonstrate how substantial savings in cost and CO2 terms can be made.”

Steve Green

Sustainability Manager, Ringmer Community College

Videos

OVESCo – Ashden Award for Community Energy video

More videos

Ashden Award Winner 2014