Published on March 12, 2014
Transforming communities through social investment sustainable energy – social investment – community – csr East of Essex Low Carbon Schools and Community Energy Conference March 2014 Pure Leapfrog registered Charity No. 1112249 Company No. 05534395 registered in England & Wales Pure Leapfrog - Funding Community Energy Schemes
Pure Leapfrog mission Pure Leapfrog is the leading provider of social investment and professional support to community energy projects in the UK. We are a business led charity which works in partnership with Government, investors and communities. We bring together affordable finance and accessible expertise. Finance is secured through a credit facility from Big Society Capital. Expertise is provided by our professional partner network. Our mission is to ensure that community energy becomes a significant part of the sustainable energy mix in the UK.
90+ community energy projects supported to date Pure Leapfrog track record Fenham Leisure Centre Loan Capital – Big Society Capital, Project Sponsor – British Airways Staffordshire Sunny Schools Loan Capital – Big Society Capital Project Sponsor - Barclaycard Triple bottom line benefits of our loans Financial return: 4.62% Carbon reductions: 20kg per £1 loaned out Net community benefit: >£5 per £1 loaned out Ham Hydro Professional Services – Norton Rose, Grant Thornton
Why community energy? Stakeholders for sustainability – Converting NIMBYs into YIMBYs Economic multipliers – For every £1 that Pure Leapfrog lends, over £5 of net benefit is created in local communities Creating a new, sustainable energy business model – Making power users responsible for power generation
Staffordshire Sunny Schools We’re supporting Generation Community to install solar panels on 25 schools in Staffordshire The project will save between £1.8 – 2.8 million in electricity bills for the schools 15,000 school children will immediately benefit from the projects, learning a valuable lesson about the importance of sustainability Surplus income from the solar panels will create a £170,000 - £350,000 community fund to support further community initiatives in Staffordshire
Streets of solar We’re supporting Bristol Power Co-op to extend their Streets of Solar project to another deprived area of Bristol 23 households currently have installations and a further 25 are planned Householders will use around half of the energy generated by the panels, resulting in smaller bills for the residents and a reduction of fuel poverty Surplus income from the solar panels will create between £60,000 - £100,000 for Bristol power to fund further projects
Current state of play 600 community groups with a strong interest in renewables – 150-300 developed or developing a project 66MW generating, >200MW in development £17 million raised through 40 share offers from 10,000 investors
2020 ambitions 780 community energy companies – £1.5 billion raised from over 550,000 members – £2 billion raised in debt 3GW of wind, solar and hydro – 14% of total capacity for these technologies – 1.4% of total UK electricity consumption £1.3 billion to be re-invested back into communities by 2040 – 12 times greater 100% commercial model Community Renewable Electricity Generation: Potential Sector Growth to 2020, Peter Capener for DECC, January 2014
Importance of local authorities Local authorities are crucial to scaling up 1. Community property portfolios 2. Procurement power & supplier networks 3. Back office and administrative support 4. Finance (development, construction, long-term) Benefits of partnership with community energy 1. Community engagement & buy-in 2. LA needs to adopt “partnership mind-set”
Key sectors for scaling up Community “buy-in” to commercial projects – Getting the business case right from a corporate structure and funding perspective Collaboration with local authorities – Partnerships with existing community energy groups – How to support the development of new groups Commercial finance – Increase funding capacity to £10 million – Building investor base & pipeline
Robert Rabinowitz, email@example.com, 07939-884458 Eden House, 23-25 Wilson St, London, EC2M 2TE Tel: +44 (0)20 7825 4141 www.pureleapfrog.org Pure Leapfrog registered Charity No. 1112249 Company No. 05534395 registered in England & Wales
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