his wondrous planet of ours is over 4,543,000,000 years old. And while Earth Day may not actually be a birthday, it’s the perfect day to pause and celebrate just how precious our planet is, and re-commit to doing everything we can to protect it always (because of course, one day a year isn’t enough).
In addition to the good, green habits you can adopt starting today, here’s a powerful one that you may not have considered before: choose investments that work to benefit the earth and fight climate change around the clock, 365 days a year.
This Earth Day, we’re thrilled to announce that after our first successful $10 million sold, we’re launching our next issuance of CoPower Green Bonds, ready to help you put your money to work for profit and planet each and every day. Learn more below and get ready to invest when sales open in early May.
Green bonds help fight climate change
Starting with why. It’s no secret that it’s going to take a lot of money and investment to keep our climate cool. Earlier this year, former UN climate chief Christiana Figueres called on governments and financial institutions to increase global climate investment in green bonds to $1 trillion per year by 2020.
The money raised through green bonds issued by governments and companies help fund projects that offer environmental benefits like clean energy, public transit, or water infrastructure. Most of these opportunities, however, have been limited to major investors only.
At CoPower we believe that green bonds offer a powerful, not to mention profitable, way for investors of all sizes -- not just big banks and governments -- to participate in and profit from the clean energy transition.
It’s simple. To make the clean energy future a reality, we all need to invest in it.
A simple, smart investment with real impact.
With CoPower, you don’t need to be millionaire, a clean energy expert, or put all your money behind one project. Instead CoPower Green Bonds allow you to earn up to 5% annually by investing in a diversified portfolio of projects at an accessible minimum investment of $5000.
We’ve made a few small tweaks to this newest issuance, but what makes our Green Bonds great is staying the same. Here are the details.
Earn up to 5% interest annually
Our new issuance gives you the choice between a 4-year, 4% Green Bond and a 6-year, 5% Green Bond. Customize your investment further by opting to receive either quarterly fixed payments of simple interest, or reinvest and compound those payments for a higher payout at the end of the term.
Make an investment with real, measurable impact
The clean energy project loans backing our Green Bonds reduce carbon and either save energy or generate clean, green power, sometimes both. Our first $10 million in Green Bonds financed 6 diversified portfolios of 358 individual clean energy projects that together reduce carbon emissions by 4,480 tonnes of CO2 annually, that’s enough to take 959 cars off the road. Even more importantly, on a broader level, your Green Bond investment is about building markets and laying the groundwork for Canada’s clean energy transition.
Save on your tax bill by investing via your RRSP or TFSA
While our previous Green Bonds were also eligible to be held in all types of registered accounts (RRSP, TFSA, RESP and RRIF); they paid 0.5% less than our other series. Our new bonds allow you to earn up to a full 4% annually with our 4-year bond or 5% annually with our 6-year bond. Please note that fees may be charged by your own financial institution. Speak to a CoPower investment representative for more information.
Diversify your portfolio
This year has brought some wild fluctuations in the public stock markets. As a private investment, in other words not traded publicly, CoPower Green Bonds provide an opportunity to diversify your portfolio and shield your returns from market downsides.
And while you diversify your portfolio, we’re diversifying ours. Your new investment in CoPower Green Bonds will support us in lending to new projects, but in order to maintain diversification and mitigate risk, it will also be backed by our existing portfolio of projects, now 358 and counting.
Easy, online and transparent
In order to make it easy for you to invest in our shared clean energy future, we’ve built a simple online platform that can be used by anyone. No documents to print out and sign, no investment offices to visit. Invest from your kitchen table with just a few clicks.
After you invest you’ll be able to monitor the financial and impact performance of your investment via your online investor dashboard. We’ll keep you updated on the projects you’re supporting and the broader impact you’re having.
This Earth Day take your first step toward joining a movement of Canadians who are investing in the future of our planet. Click here to learn more or get started by creating a CoPower investor account.