The Big Lemon Solar Bus Project

by The Big Lemon CIC in 

A pioneering community project to power zero-emission electric buses with solar panels on the roof of The Big Lemon's bus depot in Brighton

by The Big Lemon CIC in

We did it
On 10th October 2016 we successfully raised £25,825 with 172 supporters in 28 days

The Project

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Two community organisations - The Big Lemon Bus Company and Brighton Energy Coop - are joining forces in a UK first: zero-emission Solar Buses powered by solar PV on the roof of The Big Lemon's bus depot. 

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The 120 solar panels will generate 30kWh of electricity – the equivalent of 1.8 million kettle boils. With almost zero emissions, the Solar Buses will reduce noxious emissions in some of Brighton and Hove's most polluted areas and will power the whole of the 52 route between Woodingdean and Brighton city centre on 100% renewable energy.

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Using an innovative combination of three renewable technologies, the project will generate clean energy during the day, store it in a battery and then charge up the Solar Buses overnight. 

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The Big Lemon is on a mission to bring zero-emissions electric buses to communities across the UK, all run by the local community and powered by renewable energy.  This pilot project will not only be great for Brighton & Hove, it will also be the first step towards making this vision a reality.

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We need your help!

Please vote for us, spread the word, and support our crowdfunding campaign if you can!

Thank you very much :-)

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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

£5 Reward

Fan: A huge Thank You on the Wall of Solar Bus Fame on our website (optional!)

£15 or more

£15 Reward

Friend: A huge Thank You on the Wall of Solar Bus Fame (optional!), and a personalised Thank You card in the post - for you or anyone you wish to nominate as a gift

£25 or more

£25 Reward

Cheerleader: A huge Thank You on the Wall of Solar Bus Fame (optional!), a personalised Thank You card in the post, and a special supporters T shirt

£50 or more

£50 Reward

Supporter: A huge Thank You on the Wall of Solar Bus Fame (optional!), a personalised Thank You card in the post, a special supporters T shirt and TWO coach tickets to a festival of your choice in 2017 (from the list on thebiglemon.com) or TWO season tickets for our Sunday Walks in 2017

£120 or more

£120 Reward

Founder: £120 will fund a whole solar panel and to say a massive Thank You we will add your name as a Founder on the Wall of Solar Bus Fame (optional!) and give you a personalised Certificate of Thanks, a special supporters T shirt, TWO coach tickets to a festival of your choice in 2017 (from the list on our website), TWO season tickets for our Sunday Walks in 2017 and two tickets to our special opening ceremony where you will see the solar array and our first solar bus on charge!

£600 or more

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£600 Reward

Sponsor: We are offering 12 Sponsorship packages to local organisations. Sponsorship of the Solar Bus project will fund five solar panels and to say a HUGE Thank You we will give you a framed Certificate of Thanks and your name or company logo will be prominently displayed on our website, in all our communications and on a brass placque on the side of the solar bus depot. Sponsors will also receive a full day's hire of a coach for a trip of their choice, and ten invites to our opening ceremony where you will see the solar array and our first solar bus on charge!

£1,500 or more

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£1,500 Reward

Partner: We are offering just three Partnership packages to local organisations. As a Partner you will receive a framed Certificate of Thanks and your name or company logo will be centre-stage on our website and on a brass placque on the side of the solar bus depot. In all Solar Bus communications Partners will be mentioned in the headline, eg "in Partnership with..." Partners will also receive two full day's hire of a coach for a trip of their choice, and ten invites to our opening ceremony where you will see the solar array and our first solar bus on charge! But the best thing? Partners get to name one of the first solar buses!


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