Our Community Grants in Action

As well as providing help and advice, Low Carbon Hub also offers financial support to  our community shareholder groups wanting to carry out carbon-cutting activity in their community. Here is a case study of what one group did with a small grant we awarded them.

Westmill Sustainable Energy Trust (WeSET) was one of the last community groups to successfully pre-register a 10.14kWp solar PV array under the old Feed-in Tariff (FiT) rates. The array would provide Watchfield Village Hall with free electricity, whilst the Feed-in Tariff payments would provide ongoing long-term income to WeSET.

They needed to raise £16,665 and launched a fundraising appeal to enable them to install the panels before the pre-registration ran out.  They were delighted to  receive donations from local residents and members of Westmill Wind Farm and Solar Park, as well as support from Watchfield Village Hall Committee and Westmill Solar Park directly.

As a Low Carbon Hub CIC community shareholder, WeSET was eligible to apply for a £500 grant from the Low Carbon Hub towards the project. They also persuaded two other local CIC community shareholders, Westmill Wind Farm and Westmill Solar, to join forces with them and also apply for small grants to support this local community project.

 These combined efforts resulted in the appeal successfully raising half of the required funds. With matched funding from WeSET’s core funds they were able to install the array, which is expected to deliver the following benefits to the community over the next 20 years. 

  • £30,000 of electricity savings for Watchfield Village Hall
  • £30,000 to support WeSET’s local environmental projects
  • 4.7 tonnes CO2 savings a year

We're delighted to have awarded eleven £500 grants to our community shareholder groups from across the county so far this year, and shortly we'll be announcing the outcome of our 2017 large grants programme. 

Saskya Huggins, Community Benefit Manager

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Bird's eye view of CTG

Watch: This video, courtesy of Stone's Throw Media, shows an unused roof at UTC Aerospace Systems CTG in Banbury being transformed into a people's power station.

UTC Aerospace Systems CTG in Banbury is now host to Low Carbon Hub's latest community energy project -- and the UK's biggest community-owned solar roof. This is the 30th people's power station we have built in Oxfordshire, and the last of the 17 projects in our 2016 pipeline. 

The project in numbers:

2590 

solar panels were installed on CTG's roof by our wonderful installation partner, Solarcentury, over a period of 4 weeks

593,304 kWh 

of clean electricity will be generated by the project every year -- enough to power 150 homes a year 

25% 

of CTG's electricity needs will be met by the project, which will also feed clean energy into the national grid

5800 tonnes

of CO2 will be avoided (by CTG) over the project's 20-year lifetime

100%

of Low Carbon Hub's surplus revenue from the project (£140,000 over 20 years) will be reinvested in local renewable energy projects, through Low Carbon Hub's Community Benefit Fund.

Let's do more of this, together!

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We want to work with more local businesses to develop 'people's power stations' for community benefit. 

Contact Business Project Manager Tim Crisp to talk about a business project with Low Carbon Hub. 


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21 November 2016

CTG is Low Carbon Hub's first project since cuts to solar subsidies. For the full story read Low Carbon Hub's press release here: UK's biggest community-owned solar roof is up at UTC Aerospace Systems CTG