What’s sustainable about Blue Patch?

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Energy Garden, London

The Positive Fund

We want to do something practical about climate change, so we’ve made Blue Patch a very different kind of business!

100% of Blue Patch’s surplus income is put into The Positive Fund.

Community-owned renewable energy projects

We’re huge fans of community-owned renewable energy projects.

All across the UK and Ireland local people are joining forces to put solar panels on school roofs, install new technologies, insulate buildings and generate clean, green power.

The Positive Fund supports these projects.

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How we’re helping solve climate change

The Positive Fund ‘pools’ 100% of Blue Patch’s surplus income and 2.5% from every membership subscription. The surplus is after business costs such as wages, and UK tax.

We use this money to buy shares in renewable energy projects that are managed by communities in the UK.

This way clean energy grows with every member of the Blue Patch collective!

In 2019 we made our very first investment – it was a fantastic moment!

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Low Carbon Hub

What we’ve achieved so far

  • 2019: 300 shares in Brighton Energy Coop, Solar Schools
  • 2020: 250 shares in Low Carbon Hub, Oxfordshire
  • 2021: 300 shares in SE24 Sustainable Energy, London
  • 2021:300 shares in Egni Coop, Wales
  • 2021: 300 shares in Glasgow Community Energy
  • 2021 / 2022 : 300 shares in Energy Garden, London
  • 2022 : 300 shares in Bristol Energy Coop

Dividends and eventually the principal sum, return to The Positive Fund. The money is reinvested in community-owned renewable energy. It’s a continuous cycle of benefit as the UK works towards Net Zero emissions.

We’re at the beginning of a journey, but we’ll keep going and growing the fund – it’s the Power of Positive Business.

“We’re so pleased that Blue Patch has become an institutional investor member of Low Carbon Hub. Social enterprises supporting each other, both socially and financially, is crucial for the creation and development of community energy projects nationally. The climate emergency is a global crisis that needs local solutions. By investing in our Community Energy Fund, Blue Patch are part of the change toward a greener, fairer energy system.”

Dr Barbara Hammond MBE, CEO, Low Carbon Hub
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Low Carbon Hub

Our surplus income flows around not up and out! It’s a bit like the hydrologic cycle, money, like water, keeps circulating and sustaining good things. By supporting local enterprises that benefit the environment, we all become richer.

Jane Langley, Founder, Blue Patch

Blue Patch’s environmental statement

Blue Patch’s Environmental Statement

Guiding principles

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