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Be part of a Living Labs research project

Energise Sussex Coast is looking for local residents to take part in the ENERGISE Living Lab research project. Participants will join thousands of other citizens across the UK to be supported to cut the amount of energy they use in the home.

As well as saving money on your bill and cutting your carbon emissions, all participants will receive a fortnightly fruit and veg box for the duration of the 8 week Living Lab as a thank you.

Kate Meakin from Energise Sussex Coast says “If you’ve been looking for a way to tackle your high energy bills then this is a great way to get motivated and be part of a community all trying to do the same thing.”

The project will start by collecting data about your current energy use. Households will then work with the researchers at Kingston University, supported by local Energy Co-op Energise Sussex Coast, to try and reduce the amount of energy they use in the home. The researchers aim to discover not just how much energy we use, but why we use the amount we do, and what is the cultural change we need to live more sustainably.

To register your interest or find out more information email


or the EU website:


The ENERGISE Living Lab research project is funded by the EU Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme under Grant Agreement No 727642.

Workshop: Is solar PV for me? 29th May, 11 – 1pm, Silchester Road, St Leonards

Energise Sussex Coast are organising a workshop to help local households decide whether installing Solar PV will work for them.

Book your free place here.

This workshop will give local residents the impartial information they need to make an informed decision about whether solar PV is the right choice for their household. In this workshop, participants will explore the practical, financial and environmental considerations when making a decision about Solar PV.

The workshop will look at:

  • Installation costs, the feed in tariff and payback time.
  • Which way your roof faces – exploring the generation differences between South, South- East and South- West facing roofs.
  • Energy Performance (EPC) certificate requirements
  • The effect on your energy supplier – will you be locked in? How does billing work?
  • The impact on property price.
  • Planning permission and conservation areas.
  • Maintenance and durability.
  • Guarantees and insurance.
  • How to make the most of your panels by tailoring your household energy use.
  • How to find a trustworthy installer.
  • The environmental benefits and costs of solar electricity.

This will be followed by a Q&A with a local solar expert and a local resident who already has solar panels.

The workshop will be an informal and relaxed morning. Everyone is welcome, from those who are seriously thinking about solar PV to those who are just interested and would like to know more.

Energise Sussex Coast is a not for profit energy Co-op, ESC is not a solar installer and does not have links to any household solar installer. This is an entirely impartial workshop.

The workshop is funded by the EU SHINE programme and is free to attend. Please use the online booking form to book your free place. Refreshments will be provided.


Renewable Energy Workshop – 29th March

Would you like to learn more about renewable energy? How it works and how communities can use it to improve the local economy?

Energise Sussex Coast is facilitating a workshop on renewable energy on Thursday 29th March, from 10am – 12pm, St Leonards.

In this module, you will explore the different types of renewable technologies and how they work. You will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of solar photovoltaic, micro and small-wind turbines and microhydro electricity and the factors to consider before installing a renewable electricity technology.

You will look at the potential in Hastings and how a community energy ownership model would work.

As with all our workshops, this is a participatory workshop and a chance for us to learn from each other. Energise Sussex Coast would be very interested in people that have installed renewable technologies or are interested in doing so to participate in the workshop.

To book your free place visit the Energise Sussex Coast website.

This workshop is funded by the EU SHINE project.

1066 Local Energy Shares – new partnership announced

The 1066 Local Energy Campaign is delighted to announce its partnership with the Brighton Energy Coop (BEC). BEC will be the delivery partner for our community solar energy installation projects for large roofs (600m2 +). For smaller solar arrays we are busy setting up a new energy Co-op which will take these forward.

BEC bring their years of experience and success in setting up community energy projects and will mean that we benefit from the tried and tested systems they have in place for investors. So far BEC has raised £1,432,000 for investment in 22 community energy projects and pay their investors a 5% interest on investment. This means we can progress our Hastings projects quickly before the feed in tariff runs out next year!

To register your interest in becoming a shareholder in the 1066 Local Energy share offer please email




Building community support for the 1066 Local Energy Campaign

The most important aspect of our 1066 Local Energy campaign is local community support and participation. We have been working hard to develop and commission educative and creative elements to the campaign, to engage and inspire people to get involved.

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Best possible start to the 1066 Local Energy campaign

Laughter, smiles and new ideas were abound at the Hastings Big Happy Sun-day last Sunday.

Local artist Linda King showed off her ‘Volts-wagon’ promoting the event around the Old Town and encouraging visitors to sign up to the campaign. Artwork created in a workshop at Sandown school in Ore was installed by workshop leader and local artist Wendy Smith.

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