Financing local energy


There are opportunities to obtain finance for local energy projects that go beyond the more familiar funding sources. We would encourage local authorities and other energy project developers to consider alternatives. The number of local energy projects in development is expected to increase considerably in future, and it’s unlikely that government grants and charitable funds will be able to keep pace with this demand.

Information is provided here about some of the alternative financing currently available. If you would like further advice, or if you have information to share about similar investment opportunities, please contact us

Abundance Crowdfunding - Community Municipal Bonds

Abundance helps local authorities and other public sector organisations to finance infrastructure projects through citizen and stakeholder investment. Abundance has been exploring new ways to achieve this through crowdfunding. To this end, it has now launched a fund to help local authorities set up pilot Community Municipal Bonds.

The Bonds are used to raise finance for green and low carbon infrastructure projects. They are designed to provide an efficient, scalable and cost-effective alternative to conventional funding sources. The Bonds are also intended to bring the benefits of real engagement from citizens and more sustainable and thriving local economies.

Six grants of up to £25,000 are available to support local authorities who want to fund local public infrastructure through this new approach. The funds are provided via Horizon 2020, a European funding programme for research and innovation.

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Allia C&C

Allia C&C helps charities and social enterprises raise loan finance, by connecting with investors through listed and unlisted bonds. The company supports a range of organisations whose core purpose is to transform lives, communities and the environment. With extensive expertise across different sectors, particularly housing, care and education, Allia C&C helps to ensure the optimal funding solution is achieved to deliver more impact.

Allia C&C has strong connections with ethical investors from across the market, including high street banks, retail investors, pension funds and institutional investors, offering them access to, and expertise in, socially responsible investments. This means that Allia C&C is able to align high social impact businesses with investors who seek both a financial return and to see their money do good in society.

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Pure Leapfrog

Pure Leapfrog is a leading provider of social investment to community energy projects in the UK. It provides affordable finance to community-led projects across the UK, to help fund the installation of renewable energy technologies and energy efficiency measures. Pure Leapfrog manages the British Airways Carbon Fund and, through Leapfrog Finance Ltd, it provides Bridge Finance to community energy groups.

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Leapfrog Launchpad

Leapfrog Launchpad enables new, replicable and financeable business models for the community energy sector. It brings together leading technical, legal, commercial and financial experts in the renewable energy sector, with a genuine commitment to the valuable social and environmental benefits of community energy. In partnership with community groups, it is creating new ways for the community to own, invest in and benefit from local renewable energy.

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Sustainable Development Capital LLP (SDCL)

SDCL’s mission is to invest in infrastructure to make it more energy efficient. SDLC believes that this is the fastest and most cost-effective means of improving energy infrastructure and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. SDCL funds end-to-end solutions that reduce energy demand, boost cost savings and provide environmental and infrastructure improvements. It delivers complete energy solutions, which are tailor-made for its clients needs, to enable more organisations to access and benefit from energy savings.

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