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Low Carbon Hub

What they do

Low Carbon Hub is a social enterprise that’s out to prove we can meet our energy needs in a way that is good for people and good for the planet.

They create and manage renewable energy projects in collaboration with businesses, schools, and communities across Oxfordshire – reinvesting 100% of the surplus into community benefit which further lowers carbon emissions. They also work on powering down and reducing energy demand, improving the energy efficiency of our buildings and encouraging behaviour change.

The Community Energy Fund

The Low Carbon Hub Community Energy Fund is aiming to raise £1.5 million of equity in this round to pursue a range of opportunities that will enable it to strengthen and grow its portfolio of community energy projects.

Low Carbon Hub was thrilled to raise £734,900 of investment into the Community Energy Fund in the previous round in 2019. This money is already being put to work to support community energy projects across Oxfordshire, for instance allowing them to buy out Oxford City Council’s short-term debt in the existing solar 2016 portfolio, as well as supporting the new projects pipeline, providing the long-term capital to fund solar PV arrays at Sonning Common Primary School, Longfields Primary and Nursery School, and more.

By investing in the Low Carbon Hub, you will help to:

1. Grow its portfolio of renewable energy generation projects:
- Growing the portfolio of rooftop solar PV arrays
- Developing ground mount solar PV sites
2. Replace £200,000 of debt funding for Sandford Hydro.

The Community Energy Fund was set up in 2018 to offer investors a more flexible way to invest. Since its inception, Low Carbon Hub has already raised over £1.5 million through the Fund.

The Low Carbon Hub

Climate change is a global crisis that needs local solutions. With the support of Members and partners, the Low Carbon Hub has already built renewable energy projects for schools, businesses and communities across Oxfordshire. It is producing electricity that is not just cleaner and greener, but cheaper too. Host organisations save money on their bills, all of their surpluses are re-invested in local carbon-cutting initiatives, lowering carbon emissions further, and its investor Members receive a fair return for their financial support.

Track record

Since its inception, the Low Carbon Hub has successfully raised £5.8 million of investment, enabling it to deliver community-owned hydro and roof-top solar PV renewable energy projects across Oxfordshire. The Hub's projects deliver:

  • Reduced carbon emissions through the generation of clean, green electricity
  • Lower energy bills for schools and organisations hosting our solar PV installations
  • Interest payments to the investors whose capital funds the projects
  • Long-term funding to support further carbon-cutting activity in the community

In just a few short years the portfolio of renewable energy projects has grown from a single roof to a portfolio of 45 renewable energy projects at an original capital cost of £8.3 m. Of this, £3.8 million relates to the Solar portfolios held by the Low Carbon Hub IPS Limited and £4 million relates to Sandford Hydro, which is held in a wholly owned subsidiary, Sandford Hydro Limited. This has been made possible thanks to the £5.8m of investment from 1,036 investor Members as well as additional funding.

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