Abundance Targets Retail Renewables Investors With Bond Sales

Abundance NRG Ltd., a London investment company, is courting retail investors with an offer to buy into wind, solar and other renewable energy projects for as little as 5 pounds ($7.90).

Abundance sells bonds issued by developers of wind farms and solar parks to those wishing to invest directly, co-founder Bruce Davies said in an interview. The bonds will deliver cash returns of 6.75 to 8 percent a year to investors who spend as much as 50,000 pounds per venture, Davies said by phone.

“There’s a massive gap in the funding of renewable energy,” Davies said from London of plans to court an alternative brand of investor. “Small-scale projects find it hard to raise bank finance because from a bank’s point of view, for a small project it’s hard to charge a larger fee.”

Abundance said it plans to get 1.4 million pounds this year for its first 500-kilowatt wind project in the Forest of Dean. It also is aiming to attract 250 million pounds of investments in five years, provided it grows in the period.

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