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

Combining renewable energy with education OVESCO installed 35KW of PV at Priory School in Lewes in June 2012. This is just one of the many solar schools we have worked with in East Sussex.

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 aim 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 16GW of electricity to power our homes and businesses, so we intend to build 16GW of community owned renewable generation assets to make the town carbon neutral.

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


As part of the BIG ENERGY SAVING NETWORK’S Energy Week, we are holding a series of events across Lewes District to help residents, save money, save carbon & stay warm.

All Welcome, bring family and friends who spend too much on their energy bills. Bring your bills for bill-checking. There will be free goody bags with draft-proofing kits, radiator bleeding keys and more. (Plus someone on hand to show you how to bleed your radiator, if you don’t know how.)

Wednesday 23 January 11.00 Eastbourne, View Hotel, Lewes & Eastbourne tenants conference

Thursday 24 January 9.30 – 12.30 Newhaven, Hillcrest Centre Energy Saving Coffee Morning, bill checking and games

Friday 25 January 11.00-12.30 Lewes The Royal Oak pub Energy Saving Coffee morning plus film & draught-proofing experts on hand with samples & expert advice on insulation

Tuesday 29 January 2.30 Lewes Clevedown, Storage Heaters and Energy Bills, open to residents of Clevedown

Tuesday 5 February 2.30 Lewes Clevedown, Bill checking and switching, open to residents of Clevedown & friends

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