Low Carbon Hub in Oxford is one of the most important community energy organisations in the UK. It's poised to start a revolution in the way we develop and use our energy.

Jonathon Porritt CBE

Co-Founder, Forum for the Future

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We work with schools, businesses, communities & innovators across Oxfordshire. These new energy partnerships are laying the foundations of a new energy system. Work with us!  

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We have already delivered 36 renewable energy and innovation projects across Oxfordshire, and we hope to add more over time. Visit our projects page to see one near you.

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OxFutures phase two

£3.2m project to boost low carbon economic development in Oxfordshire, supported by the European Regional Development Fund. Get in touch for a free energy audit and access to funding! 

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About Us

Low Carbon Hub is a pioneering social enterprise, working for a massive change in the UK's energy system. We think we need to get much more local about our energy system, and much more renewable, so that the benefits of renewable energy generation strengthen local communities. 

We develop community-owned renewable energy in Oxfordshire and re-invest 100% of our own surplus in our mission to create an energy system we can all feel good about. 

We develop community-owned renewable energy in Oxfordshire.

We do this in partnership with schools, businesses and community groups, at no cost to our partners. 

We raise money to build these projects through community share offers.

To make these projects happen we offer people the opportunity to invest in us directly for a good financial, social and environmental return. Our share offers give people the opportunity to shape the energy future of Oxfordshire. 

We re-invest 100% of our own surplus in our mission.

As a ‘social developer’ we are part of a much larger global movement using social business models to combat climate change and deliver social change. We re-invest 100% of our own surplus (after costs and investors are paid) in our mission to (1) scale up community-owned renewable energy in Oxfordshire and (2) reduce fuel poverty, CO2 emissions and energy demand. Our Community Benefit Strategy is what separates us from commercial developers. Is this the future model of business? We hope so!

We are a hub, a helpdesk and a mentor for local community groups.

We offer practical support to groups who want to set up their own renewables or energy saving projects. Find out more about our helpdesk here!

​We run pathfinding innovation pilots.

To help the community energy sector in Oxfordshire expand more rapidly, we bring together people who can break through obstacles like grid constraints or technology gaps. 

We collaborate with our local councils.

Local government is a major driver of community energy around the world. We work closely with our local councils to identify opportunities for renewable energy generation and demand reduction in Oxfordshire.

Our vision

Starting with a wave of community-benefit solar PV and hydro schemes, Low Carbon Hub’s ambition is for the whole of Oxfordshire to be powered by an interconnected series of smart micro grids centred around multiple small scale, community-controlled renewable energy schemes.   


We are proud winners of the 2016 UK Ashden Award for Sustainable Communities -- the world's leading green energy award. 

Project impacts to date (not including Sandford Hydro)

  • 36 Renewable energy installations
  • 1183 tonnes of CO2 saved every year
  • 3.1 Megawatts of total installed capacity
  • 2643 MWh of clean electricity generated every year
  • £1.56M lifetime anticipated community benefit donation to Oxfordshire communities
Low Carbon Hub has an extremely compelling vision for the rivers and rooftops of Oxfordshire to be the power stations of the future, delivering economic, social and environmental benefits for residents.

Ashden Award Judges, Announcing Low Carbon Hub's 2016 Ashden Award for Sustainable Communities

The Team

Barbara Hammond, MBE, CEO

From 2000 until 2010, Dr Barbara Hammond was in Government, heading up the UK’s renewable energy programme. During this time she set up the first capital grants programmes to support renewable energy technologies. Prior to this she worked with Sir David King to help influence international partners on climate change in the run up to the UK presidency of the G8 and the EU in 2005.

Since 2008 Barbara has been involved in community energy groups in her own neighbourhood, helping to bring projects like Osney Lock Hydro and Matthew Arnold School’s solar PV project to fruition. In 2010, Oxford City Council asked Barbara to explore the potential for growing community-led energy through social enterprise.  This became the Low Carbon Hub which was launched in December 2011.

Barbara is on the UK’s Community Energy Contact Group, working with Government on the strategy for Community Energy. She was awarded an MBE in the 2015 New Year’s Honours List for services to community energy development, particularly in Oxfordshire.

The Projects Team

The team of experts at Low Carbon Hub bring with them vast and varied experience, in international project development, renewables, energy efficiency and community energy management and technologies.

All of them are also involved in small-scale renewables and climate change projects in their own communities.

The Board

Most members of the Board have been working together on community projects for many years. Read more about our Board of Directors.

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    Barbara Hammond MBE

  • Adraino Figueiredo Operations Director Low Carbon Hub Team 500

    Adriano Figueiredo

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    Fernando Toniolo

  • James Ochiltree Projects Executive Low Carbon Hub Team 500

    James Ochiltree

  • Rachel Boyes Watson Operations Director Low Carbon Hub Team 500

    Rachel Boyes-Watson

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    Kurt Walker

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    Saskya Huggins

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    Alison Grunewald

  • Beth Mc Allister

    Beth McAllister

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    Kat Luddecke

What is community energy?


If we want a renewable energy future in the UK -- and specifically one that is developed for the benefit of local economies and communities -- we can have one, but we will need to stand up for it, together. 

In our new Low Carbon Hub Community Energy Manifesto we set out what community energy means for us and why we think it is a fundamentally important part of the UK's national energy transition.

We are feeling very optimistic that many of the components of the new system we have been dreaming of are now either there or within our grasp.

We look forward to working with you to make it happen.

Low Carbon Hub Community Energy Manifesto
Low Carbon Hub Community Energy Manifesto
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