By Max Clarke

The Ouse Valley Energy Services Company, OVESCo, and Haveys brewery are working together to create a pholtovoltaic source of power on the Harvey’s brewery in Lewes, Susses. It will be the UK's first community owned power station, owned by a cooperative of local residents who invest more than £250 towards the estimated £307,000 total cost.

Lewes Town Hall was chosen to launch the project today, which will ultimately see 544 photovoltaic panels generating 92,000 kilowatt hours; saving some 40 tonnes of CO2 annually.

Investment, says OVESCo, must be secured by May if the scheme is to benefit from government subsidies before the proposed 72% cuts to the feed-in-tariff come into place in August 2011.