We’re working hard to create a an energy system that's good for people, and good for the planet.

With the support of our members and partners, we have built renewable energy projects across Oxfordhire. We want to achieve so much more, but we're proud of the progress we’ve made so far.

How are we doing?

We launched our first Social Impact Report at our 2017 AGM. We're really excited to show our progress in this, our second, Social Impact Report for the 2017/18 financial year. Download it below and read about how we're doing against our four key indicators: planet, people, prosperity and perception.

Previous Reports:

Social Impact Report 2018
Social Impact Report 2018
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We're really excited to be publishing our Social Impact Report for the second year. It's a great opportunity to reflect on the achievements of the year and to see our growing impact. This year's report includes Sandford Hydro for the first time, and its contribution to our continued growth in our potential to produce clean, green electricity. We've expanded the report to include examples of the projects that our community benefit income has helped make happen, and some of the many the people whose support has made it all possible.

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METRIC 1: PLANET

We want to protect our warming planet by creating renewable energy projects and reducing energy demand. Much of our work so far has focused on powering up renewable energy generation in Oxfordshire, on schools, businesses and community assets. We have also ramped up our energy efficiency work, mainly through our community grant programme and the OxFutures project.

EXPLORE OUR IMPACTS

Explore the People’s Power Station -- with live generation feeds from our community energy installations in Oxfordshire -- to see the contribution our planet-friendly projects are making. (Tip: Use the Search Filter and type Low Carbon Hub in the 'ownership' field.)  The map also now includes energy efficiency projects taking place across our county.

WORK WITH US

Host a Low Carbon Hub renewables project, get help to develop your own community energy project, or develop an innovation pilot with us. Find out about our services for schools, businesses, community groups and innovators here >

PLUG IN YOUR PROJECT!

Calling all renewable energy power stations in Oxfordshire -- including households. Let's tell the full story of renewables, together. Enter details about your project and we’ll plug you in to the People's Power Station! >

METRIC 2: PEOPLE

Community energy is a grassroots, people-centred movement for change. The success of Low Carbon Hub is due to the phenomenal support of individuals and organisations. Everyone can play a part in creating the shift to a sustainable energy future.

EXPLORE OUR IMPACTS

The people who support our work include: 

  • schools, businesses and communities who host our projects
  • investors who help finance the upfront costs of our renewables projects (whose investments also democratise ownership of energy resources)
  • community groups who share our aims, and  
  • the wider of community of people interested in our work, who subscribe to our newsletters.

You are all playing a key role in helping a people-centred renewables-based energy system to emerge. That’s why we keep track of these numbers and aim to grow them.

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METRIC 3: PROSPERITY

Our renewable energy projects generate collective wealth through electricity sales and Feed-in tariff revenues which we distribute (1) as a target interest to the (mostly local) investors who help fund the upfront costs of our renewable energy projects (2) as discounts on electricity to schools and businesses that host our installations, and (3) supporting activities that deliver community benefit and help deliver further carbon cuts across Oxfordshire.

EXPLORE OUR IMPACTS

We report on both the total benefits our portfolio of installations is projected to deliver over its lifetime, as well as actual benefits to date.

INVEST

Would you like to make a positive investment in the community energy sector? Visit our Invest page to keep an eye for future investment opportunities> 

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METRIC 4: PERCEPTION

We have a commitment to develop sustainable energy for community benefit. We aim to be a transparent and trusted partner, and to share knowledge and expertise openly. 

We will survey our stakeholders -- host partners, community members, investor members and project partners -- to see how we are doing, and learn how we can improve.

EXPLORE OUR IMPACTS

Our second stakeholder survey was conducted in March 2018. You can see the results here: How are we doing survey 2018 results

BUILD THE CASE FOR NEW ENERGY

Help us create powerful arguments for change. Sign up to our Newsletter to be the first to hear when our next survey is launched.

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