Investing in the future of Community Energy for Lewes

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

Priory School

Our first school in Lewes was Priory School.  We combined renewable energy with education & installed 35KW of PV  in June 2012. Since then we have worked with many schools in East Sussex and installed an additional 150 kw of solar.
We are currently registering local schools before Ofgem’s 31st March deadline for community owned renewable energy.

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.



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.

Our directors calculated that Lewes town uses approx 16MW of electricity to power our homes and businesses.  We are building 16MW of community owned renewable generation assets to make the town carbon neutral.  So far we have built over 5.25 MW towards our target.

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


The end of the Fit programme happens at the end of this month.   Community Energy groups have been given a life line to extend project completion dates by an additional year. 

OVESCO are rapidly registering as many potential projects as  possible before 31st March to ensure we have the widest opportunity to create more community owned solar projects.

In order to register a roof, we need an MPAN number (i.e. the number of the current electricity meter) and also an EPC certificate.  If you have a community building – or even business that could benefit from solar, get in touch – swiftly.  Best route?  email

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


OVESCo – Ashden Award for Community Energy video

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Ashden Award Winner 2014