November’s cleantech investments: Equity in Abundance Investment & solar farm in Rwanda

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Solar farm (off-grid) in Rwanda through Join Trine

In October, I made two crowdsourcing investments in the cleantech / sustainable investment space. The first one is Join Trine which closed a new round this month with a new solar energy project in Rwanda.

2008 investors have raised €1,000,000 with an expected annual nominal investment rate of 6.75% for investments under €1,000 and 8.75% for investment higher than €1,000.

The project has – in one way or the other – an impact on 10 out of the 17 SDG’s (sustainable development goals). The proect is fully funded, and thus clused for new investments. The loan’s payback horizon is 42 months.

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Graph showing payback rate and payback period. Source: Join Trine.

‘Meta-investment’ in British crowdfuding platform Abundance Investment through Seedr.

My first investment on Seedr was an equity investment in British Abundance Investment. Abudance Investment (founded 2009) has raised £79 million since its inception in 2012 covering 32 projects with £12 million paid out in returns. Abunadnce Investment operates within the following sectors: Ocean energy, Geothermal energy, wind energy, solar farms, renewables bonds & future energy projects.

Examples of investments closed in 2016, 2017 & 2018:

United Downs Geothermal
Atlantis Ocean Energy
Upper Pitforthie Windgen
Swindon Chapel Farm Solar

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Solar energy project illustration from Abudance Investment. Source: Abundance Investment.

Abundance is helping build a more democratic and open financial system that gives people control over their money and how it’s invested. We want everyone to be able to take part in the transition to a better world and share in the financial benefits from doing so, be that through their investments, their ISA, or as a shareholder. (source)

Equity & ROI & Abudance
Equity share & expected return on investment: 4-15% per annum (gross); equity offered: 6.76%. All projects so far are tech-heavy / industrial, which I see as a great plus in comparison to the mixed projects (including a lot of ICO & pseudo AI stuff at e.g. Wefunder, in addition to being authorized and regulated by British Finalcialn Conduct Autority

Share type, dilution & preferential rights

A number of invenstors and potential investors have had access to asking questions to the Abudance team during the crowdfunding round. A question that often crops is the type of share (voting right), potential of dilution in regards to future rounds and, lastly, preferential rights.

Quoted here is Louise Wilson from Abudance Investment (quoted from forum post on Seedrs.com on November 21st. Comments can only be read by people who have signed up on the platform (no investment necessary though):

Abundance has only one class of shares all of which have voting rights (one vote per share) and all the shares have what are called pre-emption rights which protect you from owning a smaller percentage of the company than you started with (being diluted). If we look to raise capital for the business in the future, you will be offered the chance to subscribe for shares in order to maintain your current percentage ahead of any new investors (ie you have the right pre-empt them).

If the price of the individual shares is going up, then the value of your holding has gone up whether or not you can or want to buy more shares. The ‘problem’ would only come if the shares were being issued at a price below where you bought yours. If you don’t buy shares in that circumstance, both the value of your holding goes down and the proportion of the company you own goes down by a larger proportion.

Words of warning

Crowdfunding is considered high risk – and above text is not a recommendation by any means, just a description of two possibilites of investment within the cleantech / sustainability / impact investment range.

Also see: Clean energy / CleanTech 2018: List of crowdfunding platforms

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