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Crowdfunding investors focus on wind energy

Based on a survey of E2 Energy investors, wind energy has proven to be the most popular technology choice for investment.

Eighty-seven percent said they would invest in wind energy, while 85% said they would invest in solar.

The survey was carried out by Trillion Fund, the UK’s biggest social crowdfunding platform.

The company has now launched a peer-to-peer loan that will reward investors in wind energy with a rate of 7.5% if they invest before the end of February.

Lenders can pledge as little as £50 towards the installation of up to 10 wind turbines across the country, giving people the chance to profit from their own energy sources and helping the UK to meet its clean energy goals.

The 10 turbines will generate enough electricity to power more than 500 average homes.

An investor lending £1,000 before 28 February would receive twice yearly interest payments of £37.50, totalling £75.00 a year and generating total interest of £225 after three years, with capital repaid at the end of the term.

Trillion Fund, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and specialises in raising money for environmental and social projects, will crowdfund a maximum loan of £2.5m, with a minimum threshold of £1.25m.

The raise is the second wind energy peer-to-peer loan from Trillion Fund. It raised £1.25 million for E2 Energy, a joint venture between Endurance and Earthmill, in August 2014.

The loan was oversubscribed and closed six weeks early, attracting more than 250 investors.

Trillion Fund chief executive Julia Groves said: “The first offer in the summer was hugely popular. People were attracted by the rate of return, but also the chance to invest in something real and beneficial to society. The opportunity to invest directly in renewable energy with as little as £50 is unique – most funds require a lot more as a minimum investment.”

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