Our projects

We create renewable energy projects with Businesses, Schools and Communities all over Oxfordshire. We also work with project partners on Innovation Pilots that move community energy forward. 

We work across Oxfordshire

Key: School Services / Business Services / Community Services / Innovation Pilots

Projects in development (7)

Key: School Services / Business Services / Community Services / Innovation Pilots

Biomass feedstocks

We are looking at how oil heating in off-gas areas can be replaced with locally sourced biomass in small scale district heating networks. Twinning the boilers with local managed woods serves the following purposes: 1) It helps build a culture of connection and understanding between communities and woods; 2) It helps us to build capacity in local wood fuel supply chains; 3) It helps us to secure the fuel supply to our boilers and ensures it is sustainably produced.

Energy storage

The combination of renewable, distributed generation and storage is a cornerstone of the new electricity system we are proposing. Storage is a hot topic globally and we are planning the deployment of our first trial at Rose Hill Primary School in partnership with Moixa and Bioregional.

Grid management

One key challenge of increasing deployment of distributed renewable energy, is the capacity of the national & local distribution grids to accommodate this. Capacity can be constrained by a number of reasons including a lack of thermal capability, voltage regulation and ground fault levels. At the Low Carbon Hub we are working with our local DNOs (Distribution Network Operators), as well as other partners, to find innovative ways to resolve these issues.

Hinksey Heat

This innovative study is assessing the technical feasibility of developing a district heating network using renewable heat sources to provide heat to Hinksey Open Air Pool and surrounding buildings.

Next Generation Solar PV

Perovskites are a new class of photovoltaic materials and will eventually be cheaper than silicon and other PV chemistries. The world leader in this technology is Oxford PV, and we have put ourselves forward as a potential partner for trialling this new technology.

Sandford Hydro

Sandford Hydro's community directors have teamed up with the Low Carbon Hub to bring forward a hydro scheme which will will generate a whopping 1,600 MWh of renewable electricity per year - enough energy to power nearly all of Sandford.

Smart Grids

We have been devising a pilot project for trialling meter aggregation and local balancing of electricity at street level. Combined with smart metering, this will enable: time of use as well as local generation tariffs; visualisation of how the community is doing in the total balance of energy demand and local generation vs. imports from the grid.

Projects in operation (38)

Key: School Services / Business Services / Community Services / Innovation Pilots

Banbury Academy 1

In addition to the 100kWp of solar Low Carbon Hub developed at Banbury Academy, a further 50kWp of solar previously installed at the site is now owned and managed by the Low Carbon Hub. This original installation generates enough energy to power 10 homes!

Botley School

The Low Carbon Hub installed 42.64kWp of solar PV at Botley School in October half term 2015, which will save 360 tonnes of CO2 over their lifetime. We are pleased to say that the whole school community is behind the scheme.

Bure Park School

With 60kWp of solar PV installed with the Low Carbon Hub at the end of May 2015 - at the time of installation this was the largest solar installation on a primary school in Oxfordshire, helping its 520 pupils proudly take another stride to reduce their environmental footprint.

Charlbury Primary School

Charlbury is proud of its new solar PV scheme developed in partnership with the Low Carbon Hub. The 96 panels on the school roof will generate 21,312 kWh per year and save 10 tonnes of  CO2 per year. Charlbury hopes the scheme will benefit their 210 pupils, helping to educate them about renewable energy and climate change.

Cheney School

Right in the heart of Oxford, Cheney School is one of the first of the 2014 Hub solar schools to start generating. At 90.5kWp, it is also one of the largest and will generate 77,378kWh per year of clean, green electricity for the school. The scheme will benefit over 1400 pupils and save 36.4 tonnes of  CO2 annually.

Cherwell School

Low Carbon Hub were delighted to provide some support to the pioneering community energy group Oxford North Community Renewables during the development of this project -- we shared our financial models. This installation will generate over 28,000 kWh of green electricity annually.

Chilton Primary School

Chilton County Primary is now generating over 26,000 kWh of clean, green electricity per year on its roof thanks to the Low Carbon Hub’s solar schools scheme. The school will save over 230 tonnes of CO2 over the project's lifetime. The school already has a proud environmental record, as one of only a few schools with the Eco Schools Green Flag status - so this is a fantastic addition to their efforts.

Didcot Girls' School

The Low Carbon Hub installed 192 solar panels, with a total capacity of 49.92kWp, at Didcot Girls' School in September 2016. They will save 358 tonnes of CO2 over their lifetime.

Edward Feild Primary School

Edward Feild Primary and Foundation Stage School in Kidlington has 16kWp of solar PV installed, generating 15,000 kWh per year and saving over 7 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually. The school was one of the first schools to install solar PV under the Hub’s 2014 solar schools scheme.

Eynsham Village Hall & St Peters Church

We are proud of our very first community project, installed on three community buildings in Eynsham during 2012. They collectively generate the equivalent power for 5 homes. 

Fir Tree Junior School

Fir Tree Junior school in Wallingford has installed 34.50 kWp of solar in partnership with the Low Carbon Hub, generating 27,600 kWh per year. The scheme will help educate and benefit 180 pupils, saving well over 250 tonnes of CO2 over the project life

Langtree School

Our first installation of 2016, we are delighted to welcome Langtree Academy into our family of community funded solar projects. Across two roofs, and one of our largest installations - the almost 85,000 kWh of generation is sufficient to power 25 homes

Larkrise Primary School

Right in the heart of Oxford, Larkrise Primary School is now generating clean, green electricity. The 19.5 kWp solar PV scheme will generate over 18,300 kWh per year and will save over 160 tonnes of CO2 over the project life. Teacher Ed Finch has already been educating both pupils, and adults at our Energising Oxfordshire conference, including demonstrating through our public monitoring data what happened to UK solar when the eclipse took place!

Long Furlong School

Long Furlong Primary School in Abingdon signed up to the Low Carbon Hub’s solar scheme in February 2016. The planned installation will generate 26,130 kWh of clean, green electricity each year and save 232 tonnes of CO2 over its life.

Middle Barton School

Middle Barton has 40 solar PV panels on the school with the Low Carbon Hub, which will save 100 tonnes of  CO2 over their lifetime. At 10.4kWp, it is one of our smaller projects, however it will provide a fifth of the school's electricity - and it is hoped the project will have a big impact on pupils learning about renewable energy.

Nettlebed School

The school had 29.9kWp of solar PV installed in October 2015, which will save over 11 tonnes of CO2 every year for at least twenty years.

Norbar

Low Carbon Hub installed the largest community-owned rooftop solar installation in the UK in March 2015, at Norbar in Banbury. With 1,000 solar panels, over the life-time of the project this will save a massive 1,800 tonnes of  CO2, something this pioneering business is extremely proud of.

Orchard Fields Community School

This is one of our most innovative projects, and also the largest solar installation on an Oxfordshire primary school. Orchard Fields is our first site with an export limiter system, ensuring no more than 50kWp of electricity is exported to the grid at any one time. 

Osney Lock Hydro

Osney Hydro Lock in Oxford is the first community owned hydro scheme to be built on the River Thames. The Hub helped provide funding for legal and share marketing costs. The 49kWp project started generating in May 2015, and is expected to raise £2 million for local environmental projects over its lifetime - as well as an enormous 3200 tonnes of CO2 to be saved over the project life-time.

Owen Mumford - Cotswold 1

Owen Mumford had initially installed 30 kWp in 2013, and as part of a programme of projects with the company Low Carbon Hub has now taken full ownership of this installation. This 30 kWp system generates 25,500 kWh annually.

Owen Mumford - Cotswold 2

Owen Mumford installed 20 kWp as an extension to the original 2013 installation – project managed by Low Carbon Hub. This extension alone will save 160 tonnes of CO2 over the next 20 years.

Owen Mumford - Cotswold 3

Owen Mumford, in-line with their CSR objectives, wished to maximise their renewable energy generation across both of their sites. Constrained by a lack of grid capacity and the dramatic change in government policy towards the FIT, they remained keen to install the maximum capacity possible. This is the largest of the four installations at 50 kWp.

Owen Mumford - Woodstock

158 solar panels have been installed at the Owen Mumford Woodstock site. Discussions are already underway to explore the possibility of increasing the capacity on this site as soon as this becomes viable to do so.

Oxford Bus Company

Low Carbon Hub offered Oxford Bus Company free solar panels, a significant saving on their electricity bills, a way to meet their carbon emissions targets, and a chance to generate community benefit funds for energy saving measures in a deprived area of Oxfordshire.

Prodrive

The UK's second biggest solar PV roof project -- just two doors down from CTG, the UK's number 1 (also a Low Carbon Hub project). It will save the company 283 tonnes of CO2 every year.

Rose Hill Primary School

Rose Hill Primary School in East Oxford joined the Low Carbon Hub solar schools scheme in February 2016, with 108 panels installed later in the year. The solar panels will save the school money on their energy bills as well as 182 tonnes of  CO2 over the project's lifetime.

Sir William Ramsay Academy

Sir William Ramsay Academy is the first school from Buckinghamshire to sign up to our solar schools scheme! The 192 solar panels we install will save the school money on their energy bills and reduce their carbon footprint by 396 tonnes.

St Barnabas CE Primary School

The Low Carbon Hub assisted Oxford North Community Renewables by underwriting their legal costs in order to help enable this excellent 27kWp project to progress to completion. Another amazing example of the power of local communities.

Stonesfield School

Right in the heart of the Oxfordshire countryside, Stonesfield Primary is generating 33,526 kWh of clean, green electricity every year. This will save nearly 300 tonnes of CO2 over the projects lifetime, as well as help cut the school’s energy bills and teach the pupils about renewable energy.

The Warriner School

At 106 kWp, The Warriner School’s solar PV scheme is the Low Carbon Hub’s largest single school installation to date. The scheme was up and running for the start of the Autumn 2014 term and is generating over 90,000 kWh per year, saving 40 tonnes of CO2 annually. The panels are located on the assembly hall and sports hall.

Thomas Reade School

Thomas Reade School has installed 48.62 kWp of solar in partnership with the Low Carbon Hub, generating 41,000 kWh per year. The scheme will educate and benefit pupils, saving almost 20 tonnes of CO2 annually. The project is strongly supported by the Head teacher, John Serle, and the pupils too. We are delighted to say that it is the Hub’s first project in Abingdon.

UTC Aerospace Systems CTG

With 2,590 panels this is the UK's biggest rooftop people's power station! It will save 5,800 tonnes of  CO2 over its 20-year lifetime.

Warming Barton - Domestic external wall insulation

Low Carbon Hub with Oxford City Council ran a pilot scheme in Barton to improve the energy efficiency of local homes. The scheme was set up to tie in with the launch of the Green Deal and the Energy Company Obligation. Over 100 households had free energy surveys to improve energy efficiency - with 16 homes having external wall insulation installed.

West Kidlington Primary School

West Kidlington Primary has installed 22.5 kWp of solar with the Low Carbon Hub. Each year, it will generate 18,000 kWh and will save over the project life 160 tonnes of CO2 - benefiting their 375 pupils.

Wheatley Park School x2

Wheatley Park School’s 48.75kWp solar PV systems, on the Maths and English blocks, will generate over 42,000 kWh per year, and will help raise awareness with the 1005 pupils about renewable energy. It will save 20 tonnes of CO2 annually. This project was documented and celebrated by Friends of the Earth on their national website.

Windmill School

Windmill Primary School has joined the Low Carbon Hub solar schools scheme to install 104 solar panels on their roof. Every year, the panels will generate 21,000 kWh of clean energy and save over 9 tonnes of CO2 annually. The school is very environmentally conscious, led by their Head teacher Lynn Knapp, and supported by an excellent parent group with environmental expertise.

Wood Green School

We are delighted to welcome our first school in Witney, utilising their sports hall roof. With the encouragement of the Sustainable Witney community group, the staff and Governors have been very supportive of the initiative. The 200 solar panels will generate over 42,000 kWh of green electricity - enough to power 12 homes.

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