A guide to renewable energy investment
Mint Selection has partnered with the online financial information portal ‘Good With Money’ to deliver a series of insightful articles on investing in the renewable energy market. This series is aimed at individuals with an interest in gaining a personal exposure to this growth market. Read the latest energy investment articles below.
How to invest in green energy – Article 1
There are a number of reasons people might want to invest directly in renewable energy. Some want to support the growth of the industry for environmental reasons; while for others, the primary draw is the returns.
As the now £17.9 billion industry has grown in recent years, so too has the range of investment options.
From community energy share and bond offers to crowdfunded bonds and debentures to just plain old investment trusts – the choice is staggering.
How to pick a renewable energy investment – Article 2
Investment in renewable energy is booming, with nearly £216 billion of new money pumped into projects across the world last year – 500 per cent more than in 2004.
And it’s not just money from banks and governments spurring this renewable revolution: individuals are also cashing in on climate action by investing in renewables through funds, shares and even crowdfunding.
How to invest in renewable energy equities – Article 3
One of the many ways investors can get involved in renewable energy is through listed renewable energy companies, or equities. These are publicly traded on stock markets, making them easy to access through a stockbroker or online trading platform.
Moreover, as regulated instruments, renewable equities are also eligible for inclusion in stocks and shares and lifetime ISAs, helping savers to keep their gains tax-free.
How to invest in renewable energy through an IFISA – Article 4
The renewable energy options available within an Innovative Finance ISA (IFISA) are as broad and far reaching as the IFISA itself, allowing investors to stash their cash with an array of small businesses and community energy projects across the globe.
These might include a tidal wave project in Scotland, solar panels for rural farmers in Central Africa or a biomass facility for a pig farm in Cornwall – the range of options really is as varied as investors into them.
How to invest in renewable energy bonds – Article 5
As we have already explored in the third of our series, ‘How to Invest in Renewable Energy Equities’, renewable energy equities, or shares, allow investors to own chunks of a renewable energy company that is either listed on a stock market (listed), or not (unlisted).
Bonds, on the other hand, give investors access to the debt of a renewable energy company. While this may sound a little strange to newbie investors, bonds in fact pre-date equities (the first was issued in 2,400 BC!) and serve a well-established purpose in financial markets.
How to fill up your ISA allowance with renewable energy alternatives – Article 6
The end of the tax year is looming and – lucky you! – you see you are close to your £20,000 annual ISA savings limit and still have some cash left to spare. You’ve already set up a stocks and shares element, a Lifetime ISA element and an IFISA element and now you’re wondering: “Are there other ways I can diversify my portfolio with renewable investments?”
Hopefully, you’ve made the most of our How to Invest in Renewable Energy guide and you already have a slug of equities – listed or otherwise – perhaps some corporate bonds, or maybe some community debentures padding your portfolio.
How to monitor your renewable energy portfolio – Article 7
So, you’ve done your research, weighed up your renewable investment options, picked your platform and investment account and – finally – invested. Now what? In this, the final instalment of our comprehensive guide to investing in renewable energy, we cover that final investment question: how do I monitor my portfolio?
This is tough for the novice investor, who – thrilled to finally be in the markets – can’t help but check her portfolio on a daily, if not hourly basis. This, however, is a BIG mistake.