WELCOME TO THE
LOW CARBON HUB

Creating energy we can
all feel good about

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

We develop community-owned renewable energy installations across Oxfordshire that not only produce clean energy but accelerates the transition to the zero carbon energy system we need for the future, providing electricity, heat and a clean transport system, all powered by renewables.

The installations also produce an ongoing income, which is reinvested in further carbon cutting projects. We help local organisations become more energy efficient, fund green innovation, and back further community energy projects. We make every pound of investment work hard to bring our vision of a smart and fair energy system to life.

We’re at the heart of a growing partnership of people and organisations across Oxfordshire, working together, for a low carbon future.

The UK’s energy system is changing, and through innovation projects such as Project LEO, we are playing a central role in developing the smart, flexible electricity system of the future in Oxfordshire. One that benefits us all.

Energy Advice and Support in Oxfordshire

We’re all experiencing the threat of spiralling energy costs, but for people already struggling with the cost-of-living crisis, the rising cost of electricity and gas will leave many with stark choices to make this winter.

That is why we have created a new support section on our website: help to fund or receive energy advice and support during the energy crisis, become an Energy Champion in your community, and much more.

Celebrating 10 year at Low Carbon Hub

To celebrate the end of our 10th year, we asked a number of our investors, low carbon community group members, previous and current board members, and supporters to reflect on the impact we’ve had.

Thank you to everyone who has helped support our work on community-led climate action. You can watch the video below.

Celebrating 10 years of community energy

For over a decade, we’ve been at the heart of a growing partnership of people and organisations across 40 host Oxfordshire working together for organisations a low carbon future.
40 host organisations. 41 community group members. 180+ partner organisations. 10,000+ network of followers

Investing in renewable energy is a crucial first step.

1,755
investor
members
£10.2m
investment
£12m
in loans
and grants
50 renewable
energy installations
across Oxfordshire
Sandford Hydro
Ray Valley Solar
48 rooftop solar PV arrays
23.7 MW
installed capacity

Each year
they can:

Generate
24.6 GWh
of electricity
Power
8,487
typical
homes
Save
5,688
tonnes CO2

Our electricity sales provide an ongoing income that we use to leverage further support.

£15.5m community benefit
over their lifetime.
£8m community-led
carbon-cutting activity and
innovation already delivered.

We’re committed to accelerating the transition to a net zero energy system.

About investing in the Low Carbon Hub

We regularly open the Community Energy Fund for new investment. We don’t currently have a share offer open. If you’d like to hear about future investment opportunities, sign up to our newsletter. To find more about investing in the Low Carbon Hub, watch our animation below.

It’s a combination of experience, knowledge, and idealism that makes the Low Carbon Hub so special.

ELEANOR WATTS
Rose Hill and Iffley Low Carbon

Our impact

We’re working hard to create an energy system that’s good for people, and good for the planet. As always, we want to achieve so much more, but we’re proud of the progress we’ve made so far.

47
Renewable energy installations
1,259
tonnes of CO₂ saved every year
4.5
GWh of potential clean energy generation a year
£1.7m
lifetime anticipated savings on electricity bills by hosts
£2.6m
lifetime anticipated community benefit donation to Oxfordshire communities
1,776
Investor members who help finance our projects and bring projects into community ownership

We install and manage large roof-mounted renewable energy generation projects on businesses, schools, and communities all over Oxfordshire, as well as supporting communities with energy efficiency projects.

  • Project

    OxFutures

    Creating a thriving zero-carbon economy in Oxfordshire OxFutures started as a £3.2m, three-year project to boost low carbon economic development in Oxfordshire. It is supported by the European Regional Development Fund and run through a collaborative partnership between the Low Carbon Hub, Oxford City Council, the University of Oxford, Oxford Brookes University, Cherwell District Council…

The UK’s energy system is changing, and through innovation projects such as Project LEO, we are playing a central role in developing the smart, flexible electricity system of the future in Oxfordshire. One that benefits us all.

  • Programme

    ACES

    Action on Carbon and Energy in Schools (ACES) is an energy efficiency support service to help schools in Oxfordshire carry out energy saving measures. This new energy efficiency support service helps Oxfordshire schools reduce their energy demand, cut carbon emissions, and reduce their energy bills by supporting them to improve the energy efficiency of their buildings. …

The latest Hub news

  • News story

    Community Group of the Month: Sustainable Charlbury

    28 November 2022
    We are delighted that Sustainable Charlbury is our community group of the month for November / December 2022. Sustainable Charlbury began in 2008 as a Community Interest Company, with the aim of addressing the big challenges the planet faces at a local level. The group is run by a small, dedicated team who work closely…