30 Oct '13, 8am

Can investment crowdfunding deliver Sustainable Energy for All?

When a wind turbine started spinning last year in the historic village of St Briavels on the border of England and Wales, it was a pioneering moment. For the first time, a renewable energy project had been built using the financial innovation known as debt crowdfunding. Ordinary people, many of them local residents, collectively raised £1.4m and now stand to gain from estimated annual returns of 6.7 to 8 per cent over the next 20 years as the turbine generates electricity. The achievement was much more than simply another small step towards a decarbonised energy system in the UK. It signified the evolution of crowdfunding from a donation-based niche to an investment mechanism capable of delivering new, locally-sourced private finance to fund the energy infrastructure of the 21st century. So how might the UK’s experience of crowdfunding benefit the developing world? Could t...

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