Low Carbon Hub in Oxford is one of the most important community energy organisations in the UK. It's poised to start a revolution in the way we develop and use our energy.

Jonathon Porritt CBE

Co-Founder, Forum for the Future


We have already delivered a first wave of renewable energy projects for schools, businesses and communities across Oxfordshire. Visit our projects page to see one near you.

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Work with us

We work with schools, businesses, communities & innovators across Oxfordshire. These new energy partnerships are laying the foundations of a new renewables-based energy system for Oxfordshire. Work with us!  

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About Us

Low Carbon Hub is an award-winning social enterprise, working for a massive change in the UK's energy system. We think we need to get much more local about our energy system, and much more renewable, so that the benefits of renewable energy generation strengthen local communities. 

We develop community-owned renewable energy in Oxfordshire and re-invest 100% of our own surplus in our mission to create an energy system we can all feel good about. 

School Project Bure Park: With 240 panels, Bure Park was the largest solar project on a primary school in Oxfordshire when it was installed in May 2015, helping its 520 proud pupils make a huge reduction in their carbon footprint.

Business Project Norbar Torque Tools: Our project with Norbar, completed in March 2015, is the largest community-owned rooftop solar installation in the UK. Over its life-time the project will save a massive 1800 tonnes of CO2.

Our Complete List of Projects: View all our renewable energy projects with businesses, schools and communities across Oxfordshire, as well as our community energy innovation pilots.

We develop community-owned renewable energy in Oxfordshire.

We do this in partnership with schools, businesses, and community groups, at no cost to our partners. 

We raise money to build these projects through share offers.

To make these projects happen we offer people the opportunity to invest in us directly for a good financial, social and environmental return. Our share offers give people the opportunity to shape the energy future of Oxfordshire. 

We are part of a much larger global movement using social business models to deliver social change.

As a ‘social developer’ and a community benefit society we re-invest 100% of our own surplus in our mission to (1) scale up community-owned renewable energy in Oxfordshire and (2) reduce fuel poverty, CO2 emissions and energy demand. Our Community Benefit Strategy is what separates us from commercial developers. Is this the future model of business? We hope so!

We are a hub, a helpdesk and a mentor for local community groups.

We offer practical and financial support to groups who want to set up their own renewables or energy saving projects. 

​We run pathfinding innovation pilots.

To help the community energy sector in Oxfordshire expand more rapidly, we bring together people who can break through obstacles like grid constraints or technology gaps. 

We collaborate with our local councils.

Local government is a major driver of community energy around the world. We work closely with our local councils to identify opportunities for renewable energy generation and demand reduction in Oxfordshire.

Our goal

Starting with a wave of community-benefit solar PV and hydro schemes, Low Carbon Hub’s ambition is for the whole of Oxfordshire to be powered by an interconnected series of smart micro grids centred around multiple small scale, community-controlled renewable energy schemes.   

Our project impacts (including 2016 pipeline)

  • 35 Low Carbon Hub renewables projects in Oxfordshire
  • 2344 tonnes of CO2 saved every year (46,880 tonnes over 20 years)
  • 3.708 Megawatts of total installed capacity
  • 4,362 MWh of clean electricity generated every year
  • £3.5M returns to Oxfordshire communities as community benefit funds
  • 28% average discount on electricity bills for our partner schools and businesses
  • 17K school pupils benefitting from renewable energy every year
  • 4500 employees of Oxfordshire businesses benefitting from renewable energy every year
Like Low Carbon Hub, we believe that the UK needs a clean, low carbon energy revolution – and that people power needs to be at the centre of this.

Ramsay Dunning, General Manager, Co-operative Energy

The Team

Barbara Hammond, MBE, CEO

From 2000 until 2010, Dr Barbara Hammond was in Government, heading up the UK’s renewable energy programme. During this time she set up the first capital grants programmes to support renewable energy technologies. Prior to this she worked with Sir David King to help influence international partners on climate change in the run up to the UK presidency of the G8 and the EU in 2005.

Since 2008 Barbara has been involved in community energy groups in her own neighbourhood, helping to bring projects like Osney Lock Hydro and Matthew Arnold School’s solar PV project to fruition. In 2010, Oxford City Council asked Barbara to explore the potential for growing community-led energy through social enterprise.  This became the Low Carbon Hub which was launched in December 2011.

Barbara is on the UK’s Community Energy Contact Group, working with Government on the strategy for Community Energy. She was awarded an MBE in the 2015 New Year’s Honours List for services to community energy development, particularly in Oxfordshire.

The Projects Team

The team of experts at Low Carbon Hub bring with them vast and varied experience, in international project development, renewables, energy efficiency and community energy management and technologies.

All of them are also involved in small-scale renewables and climate change projects in their own communities.

  • Barbara Hammond Ceo Low Carbon Hub Team 500

    Barbara Hammond MBE

  • Adraino Figueiredo Operations Director Low Carbon Hub Team 500

    Adriano Figueiredo

  • Anthony Simpson Schools Project Manager Low Carbon Hub Team 500

    Anthony Simpson

  • Tim Crisp Buisness Projects Low Carbon Hub Team 500

    Tim Crisp

  • Gudrun Freese Marketing And Communications Low Carbon Hub Team 500

    Gudrun Freese

  • Rachel Boyes Watson Operations Director Low Carbon Hub Team 500

    Rachel Boyes-Watson

  • James Ochiltree Projects Executive Low Carbon Hub Team 500

    James Ochiltree

  • Emily Cooper Finance Executive Low Carbon Hub Team 500

    Emily Cooper

  • Kat Luddecke 2

    Kat Luddecke

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    Saskya Huggins

  • Hannah Jacobs

    Hannah Jacobs

What is community energy?


If we want a renewable energy future in the UK -- and specifically one that is developed for the benefit of local economies and communities -- we can have one, but we will need to stand up for it, together. 

In our new Low Carbon Hub Community Energy Manifesto we set out what community energy means for us and why we think it is a fundamentally important part of the UK's national energy transition.

We are feeling very optimistic that many of the components of the new system we have been dreaming of are now either there or within our grasp.

We look forward to working with you to make it happen.

Read a pre-publication DRAFT version of our Community Energy Manifesto and join us in creating a massive change in the UK's energy system.

Low Carbon Hub Community Energy Manifesto (Draft)
Low Carbon Hub Community Energy Manifesto (Draft)
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