Funding and investment


There are opportunities to obtain finance for local energy projects that go beyond the more familiar 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 for Local Authorities

Abundance help local authorities and other public sector
organisations finance infrastructure projects through citizen and stakeholder investment.

In 2016 the company launched the first Local Authority Green ISA bond with Swindon Borough Council, which funded two 5MW solar parks with the participation of more than 1,600 investors. Since then, Abundance has been working to find ways to help more Local Authorities finance public infrastructure through crowdfunding to create new sources of competitive funding, real engagement from citizens and more sustainable and thriving local economies.

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Abundance Investment Pilot Community Municipal Bonds

Abundance Investment has now launched a £125,000 fund to help local authorities set up pilot Community Municipal Bonds which can be used for raising finance for green and low-carbon infrastructure projects.

The Community Municipal Bond utilises the crowdfunding approach to create an efficient, scalable, and cost-effective alternative to conventional funding sources such as the Public Works Loan Board. But more than that, it creates a powerful new model for local authorities to engage with citizens as investors.

Each authority would get £20,000 – £30,000 to help cover the legal and internal set up costs of issuing a Community Municipal Bond. The funds are being provided via Horizon 2020, the largest ever European funding programme for research and innovation.

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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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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 also 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 not only seek a financial return but want to see their money do good in society.

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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 turnkey solutions to reduce energy demand, boost cost savings and provide environmental and infrastructure improvements. It delivers complete energy solutions tailor-made for your needs so you can start benefiting from energy savings now.

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