The offer

Invest in community-owned renewable energy for Oxfordshire and earn a bank-beating return. 

Investors can expect a financial return over 20 years of more than 5%, based on retail price index (RPI) + 3%. Invest a minimum of £250 and a maximum of £100,000 in one or both products. 

Your investment in these community energy projects will help shape the energy future of Oxfordshire!

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What are you investing in?

Investors in Low Carbon Hub's 2016 Share Offer have a choice of two products: a hydro energy project at Sandford Lock, and a portfolio of 18 solar PV projects. You can invest in one, or both.

Investors in Sandford Lock Hydro will help return the Lasher Weir to its historic role as a provider of clean energy. This hydro project will generate 1,600 MWh per year -- the equivalent demand of 450 homes, or most of Sandford!

Investors in our Solar 2016 projects will be supporting a portfolio of 18 new solar PV installations on school and business rooftops all across Oxfordshire. The projects range from small-scale school projects with a big inspiration factor, to one of the largest community-owned factory rooftop installations in the UK.

Read more about the projects nearest you below. 

How to invest

Please read our Share Offer Document and then:

- invest online through Ethex, or

- download, print and complete a paper application form

The Ethex buttons you see further up this page go directly to the Ethex investment pages for each of our share classes: hydro and solar.  

Low Carbon Hub Share Offer Document 2016
Low Carbon Hub Share Offer Document 2016
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Why invest?

Low Carbon Hub is a social enterprise working for a massive change in the energy system. We reinvest 100% of our own surplus in our mission to create an energy system we can all feel good about, in Oxfordshire and the UK. You can read our detailed vision for this new system in our Low Carbon Hub Community Energy Manifesto

All of the projects in this share offer were pre-accredited with the pre-December 2015 Feed-in Tariff rates. These are some of the last community energy projects in the UK to benefit from this rate which has now been reduced by up to 87%.

Building a bridge to a more renewables-friendly future...This pipeline of projects will enable us to continue to scale up community-owned renewable energy in Oxfordshire and lay the foundations of a community-owned energy system, despite recent changes in policy. 

Low Carbon Hub Community Energy Manifesto
Low Carbon Hub Community Energy Manifesto
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Previously completed projects

2013 business project: Oxford Bus Company

2015 school project: Bure Park School

2015 business project: Norbar

2015 community project: Osney Lock Hydro

2014 school project: Wheatley Park School

VIEW ALL OUR PROJECTS: See all of our projects already in operation and projects in development

The 2016 share offer projects

This share offer will fund 19 renewable energy projects across Oxfordshire. The project pipeline includes solar PV partnerships with local schools and businesses and a micro-hydro partnership with Sandford Lock Hydro.

Botley primary school: Oxford

Prodrive: Our largest solar project to date

Sandford Hydro: Our largest renewable energy project to date

Chilton primary school: One of the greenest schools in the UK!

Endeavour Academy: Located alongside our fantastic Warming Barton homes

King Alfred's Academy: Our first project in Wantage

Langtree School: Our largest school solar installation within the 2016 community share offer

Long Furlong school: Our latest school in Abingdon

Middle Barton school: Where small is beautiful :)

Nettlebed school: South east of Oxfordshire

Orchard Fields school: The largest solar project on an Oxfordshire primary school

Rose Hill primary school: Located alongside the innovative energy project ERIC, led by Bioregional

Sir William Ramsay school: Our first school in Buckinghamshire

Windmill primary school: Headington, Oxford

Wood Green school: Our first school in Witney :)

Share offer updates

The latest share offer updates from our blog

10 Reasons to Invest in Low Carbon Hub's Community Energy Share Offer

Low Carbon Hub's Community Energy Share Offer 2016

Oxfordshire business Owen Mumford’s solar rooftops to save 66 tonnes of CO2 per year

Introducing our new website

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What people are saying

The Low Carbon Hub is a really good example of a pioneering social enterprise and Oxford Capital shares its ambitions to scale-up renewable energy. We are delighted to support the team in their imaginative and tenacious work

Edward Mott Edward Mott Managing Partner, Oxford Capital

Love this idea – and it’s definitely time to shake up the way we generate and use energy! Happy to be a small investor

Sir Richard Branson 1 Copy Sir Richard Branson Founder, Virgin Group

Investing in the Low Carbon Hub ticks all the boxes… with a fair rate of return and tax breaks to boot, putting my money into the Hub is just common sense.

Peter Thompson Peter Thompson Chair, Oxford Civic Society

Oxford Bus Company is proud to be the first local business to partner with the Low Carbon Hub on a renewables scheme. Now we are green on our buses, green in our depot, and green on the roof too!

Luke Marion Luke Marion Finance Director, Oxford Bus Company

The Low Carbon Hub was incredibly helpful in supporting us to develop and market our share offer for Osney Lock Hydro. Investing in the Low Carbon Hub will enable other community energy projects like ours to become a reality.

Vkce4Nmx 400X400 Saskya Huggins Director, Osney Lock Hydro

We are delighted to be working with Low Carbon Hub to increase renewable energy production in Oxfordshire. This is a scheme which benefits Norbar, the local community and the environment.

Catherine Rohll Catherine Rohll Commercial Director, Norbar