What we do

We combine affordable finance with accessible expertise to enable communities to take control of and benefit from their local energy assets.

Pure Leapfrog is dedicated to helping community energy projects overcome all barriers. We do this through providing affordable finance through our Community Energy Fund and professional expertise donated through our business partner network. 

The social impact of our work is at the heart of what we do, and ranges from:

  • Reducing fuel poverty by providing free electricity from solar panels
  • Cutting school energy bills, leaving more money to spend on education
  • Creating jobs, by starting new community social enterprises  

Funding 

One challenge faced by communities is they don't fit traditional banking loan criteria. We help them overcome that through the Pure Leapfrog Community Energy Fund. 

This fund draws on a credit facility from Big Society Capital, and offers low interest loans for community renewable energy projects and energy efficiency schemes.  

Eligible technologies including solar PV, LED replacement and biomass boilers, among others.

For details on loan criteria and eligibility click here.

Accessible Expertise

Our extensive network of partners includes leading legal, technical and financial professional services providers who provide affordable advice to community projects using a range of voluntary, pro bono, at risk or significantly reduced commercial rate.  

We assess the needs of each project on a case by case basis. Examples of advisory work undertaken include:

  • Legal advice on heads of terms, leases and licences
  • Company incorporation advice on share offers and fundraising prospectuses
  • Tax, VAT and Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) advice
  • Technical support on planning processes

Offsetting 

Since 2006 we have been committed to supporting renewable energy projects which boost local economies and reduce pollution both internationally and within the UK.  

We choose offset projects and schemes that retain community benefit at their heart in keeping with our own mission.  

To date we have helped organisations offset over 150,000 tonnes of carbon emissions.