EXCLUSIVE By DARA BUTTERFIELD
Triodos Renewables is offering private investors the opportunity to co-own Scottish renewable energy investments by buying into a £5 million share offer.
The money raised will be directly invested in constructing new UK renewable energy generating assets, allowing the company to further grow its renewable electricity generation capacity.
Triodos Renewables already owns and operates 11 renewable energy projects across the UK totalling 53 megawatts- including windfarms in Dunfermline, the single turbine Sigurd plant on Orkney and the hydro-electric Beochlich project near Loch Awe in Argyll.
Triodos Renewables shareholders have received dividends in eight of the past nine years with an average dividend yield of 1.7% over the past three years. Existing shareholders in Triodos Renewables have benefited from consistent capital growth since 2005.
By opening up the share offer to people with ‘as little as’ £50 to invest, Triodos Renewables aims to expand its community of investors who want to see more home-grown clean energy, as well as get a fair return on their investment.
The company is currently developing two new sites in Cambridgeshire and a further two in Scotland and is track to reach its aim of 125MW renewable energy operating capacity by 2020.
The two Triodos Scottish developments are wind-turbines in Aberdeenshire. The £5 million is to bespent on purchasing and development – which in Scotland would be the two more wind farms just north in the Borders – which they’re currently in talks about – and a small scale hydro-electric plant.
Triodos Renewables – a UK plc – has 20 years’ of hands-on experience of constructing, owning and operating renewable energy assets. The company is managed by the Dutch-based Triodos Bank NV, with €10 billion under management and investments in 376 renewable energy projects across Europe with a generating capacity of 2,280MW, generating enough energy to meet the equivalent electricity needs of just under 1.5 million households in Europe.
Matthew Clayton, Executive Director, Triodos Renewables, said: “We’ve decided to lower our minimum investment because we believe that investing in renewable energy should be an option to everyone and we want to provide a rewarding connection with renewable energy for even more people.”
“In launching this share issue we are giving investors the opportunity to participate directly in the energy revolution currently taking place in the UK by taking direct ownership of some of the country’s flagship renewable power projects.
“We grew our renewable energy generation capacity by 42% last year and generated record levels of green energy helping to achieve the UK’s target of generating 15% of renewable energy generation by 2020.”
Triodos Renewables is working with Trillion Fund, the crowd financing platform for renewable energy, to promote and distribute the offer.
Julia Groves, Chief Executive, Trillion Fund, said: “Renewable energy can offer decent, steady returns for investors, with the added benefit of knowing your money is doing something good.
“With more than £1 billion pounds invested in renewable in 2013, ‘ordinary’ investors are waking up to opportunities to put their money to work and get a share of the profits.”
The offer closes on 28 November 2014.