Community Solar Accelerator is a European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) funded, SME support project, delivered by Brighton Energy Co-op.

The project aims to support the shift towards a low carbon economy in the Coast to Capital region and beyond, by promoting solar PV & electric vehicle charging use in SMEs.

Community Solar Accelerator will enable SMEs to reduce CO2 emissions by match funded grants of up to £25,000 towards either:


- Solar PV arrays
- Solar PV arrays & electric vehicle charging points


Grants are available at up to 40% of total eligible costs and are paid once the work is done and paid for. Match funding of 60% of the project cost will come from the SME and loans, investments, savings and company reserves can be used. However, please note your time can't be included as match funding.


The Community Solar Accelerator programme will run until 30th June 2023.


To be eligible for support you must be a small or medium-sized business SME meeting the following criteria: Employing 250 (FTE) employees or less. Having an annual turnover of £44M or less and an annual balance sheet of £38M or less. If another firm owns more than a quarter of your company, they must meet the above criteria.


Your organisation must not have received more than approximately £180,000 of state aid in the last 3 years. Community Solar Accelerator grants are predominantly for organisations registered and operating in the Coast to Capital LEP area, though organisations from more-developed regions of England are eligible.


If you would like to find out if your organisation is eligible, please complete the Expression of Interest by visiting this webpage or email.


Community Solar Accelerator is funded by the European Regional Development Fund 2014 – 2020

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