21 Oct '11, 4pm

Renewable Energy Increasingly Attractive to Pension Funds, Oil, Insurance, Industrial Companies

Progressive oil companies, insurance companies, industrial, companies, major utilities and pension funds will all soon be big investors in renewable energy, says Swiss-based Bank Sarasin. The more prices fall, the greater their interest becomes. Lower prices mean a shorter payback period for investments. The payback period for a wind project, for example, is a fraction of that for nuclear. Combined with the safety concerns over nuclear power and construction costs - which tend to skyrocket once build-out begins, renewable energy is a much more attractive investment, says Sarasin. Banks would rather lend to wind projects that can be built in 12-18 months than to nuclear plants, which take 10-15 years to build. Pension funds are already big investors in renewables, as many of them seek investments that address climate change and decentralized energy that jump start emerging ...

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