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Charging BullGlobal investment in renewable energy reached $310 billion last year, a 16% increase from 2013.1
Bloomberg, January 2015
And investment in renewables has been above $265 billion for each of the least 5 years, although growth has fluctuated.2
Bloomberg New Energy Finance, January 2015
Meanwhile, the U.S. has averaged $50 billion in clean energy investment over the last three years.3
Business Council for Sustainable Energy, February 2015

Significant private investment in clean energy shows no sign of slowing down; the industry is too promising. Recently, Citi announced it would lend, invest and facilitate $100 billion worth of investment in clean energy, sustainable transportation, and environmental projects because “they reduce costs.”4
Sydney Morning Herald, February 2015

Interesting financial tools have helped sustain a substantial amount of clean energy investment. One example is green bonds. Green bonds are essentially no different from other bonds, except the proceeds raised are used to build a renewable energy installation and help the environment. The green bond market reached $35 billion last year.5
Climate Bonds Initiative
Another example are yieldcos, or “yield companies.” Renewable energy developers create a public corporation to own and operate the installations they develop. The revenue generated by the sale of electricity offers consistent dividends for investors and supports the purchase of other power plants as they come online. Thanks to the minimal overhead of clean energy installations – after all, the fuel is free – yieldcos represent a safe investment, and their popularity has soared.6
Bloomberg, April 2014

  Aug 06, 2015  |    Sydney Morning Herald, August 2015

  Jul 22, 2015  |    Bloomberg, July 2015

  Jun 19, 2015  |    REN21, June 2015

  May 28, 2015  |    Bloomberg, May 2015

  May 07, 2015  |    Reuters, May 2015

  Aug 05, 2014  |    Navigant Research

  Jul 28, 2014  |    Lux Research

  Jul 22, 2014  |    USA Today

  Jul 15, 2014  |    Bloomberg

  Jul 08, 2014  |    Karbone

  Jul 03, 2014  |    Los Angeles Times

  Jun 30, 2014  |    ACORE

  Apr 16, 2014  |    Bloomberg

  Apr 02, 2014  |    Gallup

  Jan 24, 2014  |    Bloomberg

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