If you think bonds are boring, think again. While government savings bonds often struggle to outpace inflation, green bonds can earn you substantially more while also helping build the clean energy needed for the low carbon transition.
At CoPower we believe that the easier and more profitable we can make green investing for you, the faster we make the shift to a low carbon economy. Green bonds are how we’re making that happen.
But, first, what is a green bond? The funds raised by government bonds help build public infrastructure; green bonds are specifically used to build sustainable infrastructure. CoPower Green Bonds pay out up to 5% annually, and funds raised support the development of community-scale clean energy and energy efficiency projects across Canada.
Here’s why we believe they’re are a crucial part of the solution to climate change and why so many of our investors say this is the part of their portfolio they’re most excited about.
1. Clean energy is a huge wealth creation opportunity that Green Bonds finally give you access to.
Making the shift from an economy fueled by oil and gas to one powered by clean energy is one of the greatest challenges the world has ever faced, but for those willing to be part of the solution it’s also an incredible opportunity.
The task of building a sustainable energy system gives us the chance to shape the future we want, one with healthy environments, thriving communities, and good local jobs. It’s also an incredibly profitable opportunity. The distributed energy market in North America alone is estimated to be over $270 billion. Solar energy luminary Jigar Shah calls this creating climate wealth.
Green Bonds make it easier for everyone to access these profitable clean energy investment opportunities. You don’t need to be a millionaire, a clean energy expert, or put all your money behind one project. Instead, our Green Bonds allow you to earn up to 5% by investing in a diversified portfolio of projects at an accessible minimum investment of $5000.00.
2. Green Bonds make more clean energy projects possible.
One of the biggest roadblocks to getting clean energy built is not a lack of technology; it’s a lack of financing.
Reliable solar, wind, geo-exchange and LED technologies that reduce carbon pollution, generate clean power and save energy are widely available. But high upfront installation costs and the fact that most traditional lenders are slow to adapt to these new opportunities have left a financing gap that prevents profitable projects from being built.
Green bonds address this need directly by unlocking new sources of capital -- our individual and collective investment portfolios -- to build more climate-saving clean energy projects.
3. A movement of Green Bond investors can help build clean energy projects at the scale needed to fight climate change.
A successful low carbon transition means building a lot of clean energy. As things stand currently, these projects aren’t going to get built on their own, and certainly not as fast as the climate is changing. To make this clean energy future a reality, we all need to invest in it.
By investing in Green Bonds, you can join a growing movement of investors who together are using the power of their portfolios to address the financing gap and build more clean energy while making an attractive financial return in the process.
Just like Canada Savings Bonds have financed much of the public infrastructure we use every day, Green Bonds can help finance infrastructure we need for the low carbon transition.
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