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.

This share offer is your chance 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.



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


Our share offer is now open and  can be accessed here.  We hope to complete our first project by the second week of the school holidays.  Most of the schools that we will be providing with solar energy will also gain additional benefits from the projects including reduced energy costs and some swanky educational monitors.

We have already received a number of pledges, towards raising the £158,000 needed to complete our minimum number of projects equalling 140kW of solar.

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


OVESCo – Ashden Award for Community Energy video

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Ashden Award Winner 2014