Latest round now closed for investment

Thank you to everyone who invested in the latest round of the Community Energy Fund - this round closed on 7 March with £734,900 raised to support community energy.

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How to Invest

Please note: Capital is at risk and returns are not guaranteed.

Community Energy Fund 2019 Share Offer Document
Community Energy Fund 2019 Share Offer Document
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Additional information

Why invest?

We are creating energy that's good for people, and good for the planet. We want to strengthen and grow community owned energy in Oxfordshire.

  • Earn up to 5% interest on your investment*
  • Help fund more solar panels on schools and organisations across Oxfordshire
  • Keep money in the local economy through community ownership
  • Tackle the global issue of climate change on a local level
  • 100% of our surpluses support further local action on climate change

Join almost a thousand like-minded investors and put your money to work tackling climate change.

* capped at 4% for the first four years of investment

Watch our video

We asked our investors, members of our community groups, a teacher and student from our solar schools why they joined with the Low Carbon Hub. Have a look at what they have to say.

Your investment

Minimum Investment: £250

Maximum investment: £100,000

Our latest investment target: £800,000

Who can invest?

Individuals over the age of 16, charities and other organisations may invest in this offer. You can also buy and hold shares on behalf of children. 

How much can I invest?

We are offering £1 shares with a minimum investment of £250 and a maximum investment of £100,000. The maximum £100,000 includes any existing investment you may hold in the Low Carbon Hub IPS Limited, including any held on behalf of children.

What are the benefits?

The biggest benefit you receive as an investor Member is the knowledge that your funds are being used to support local action to tackle the global issue of climate change and, through that, you are making a tangible difference to the future of your community. In addition, we offer: 

  • Membership of the Low Carbon Hub IPS Limited
  • A stake in a successful community energy enterprise with a proven track record
  • Delivery of environmental and community projects resulting in local action on climate change
  • Democratic voting rights, with one member, one vote, at our AGM
  • Opportunity to elect the Board who govern the Low Carbon Hub IPS Limited
  • The Fund has a target interest rate of 5% for each year following the fourth anniversary of your investment, and 4% per annum before that
  • Interest accrued from the day your investment is accepted by the Low Carbon Hub IPS Board
  • The right to apply to withdraw your capital from the fourth year of investment
  • A regular opportunity to increase your support for community energy. 

Can I get tax relief?

  • Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS): The government ceased to provide relief to the generation of renewable electricity by community organisations in 2016. 
  • Personal Savings Allowance: The interest we pay counts as savings income. This means the interest you receive from your investment may qualify for tax relief under the Personal Savings Allowance. If you're a basic rate taxpayer you can earn up to £1,000 in savings income tax-free. Higher rate taxpayers can earn up to £500. 
  • Inheritance Tax benefit: If a Member dies more than two years after investing, the shares can qualify for 100% relief under Business Relief for Inheritance Tax because the shares are unlisted.
It is a really special feeling when you go out of your house, cycle to work and and you actually see projects in Oxfordshire that you helped to make happen.

Dsc04852 Jenny Investor

It's helped us save money on our energy bills, but also the students in our school have learn more about the environment now that the solar panels are installed.

Lch Portrait Teacher Jason Teacher

The Low Carbon Hub supports communities around Oxfordshire to make this work possible

Lch Portrait Mim Mim Low Carbon West Oxford

Whether its a large sum of money, or just a little bit, whatever you can manage will help real positive change happen in Oxfordshire.

Dsc04852 Jenny Investor