Crowdlending platforms focused on the energy sector
We start by highlighting Sunfunder because among its investors we find the Spanish venture capital firm Perseo, owned by Iberdrola. Sunfunder is a crodlending platform that aims to connect individual investors with businesses in the solar energy sector to finance solar projects in communities around the world, especially in low-income areas where they do not have access to
invested 660,000 in this platform in February 2015 as part of the "Electricity for All" programme to promote access to electricity in emerging and developing countries, as it is estimated that there are currently more than 1.3 billion people without access to essential energy services.
Another specialised platform is Abudance generator, a London-based company founded in 2009, which manages to raise small amounts of 5$ from many contributors for renewable energy projects.
Ecrowd, Spanish platform for renewable energy projects
Spain is also seeing the emergence of crowdlending platforms more focused on the energy sector. In the last quarter, one of these, Ecrowd, has gained the support of investors through the Crowdcube platform.
Ecrowd is a crowdfunding platform dedicated exclusively to projects that lead to an improvement of society and the environment. Its founder, Mathew Van Haperen, has worked for more than 6 years in the renewable energy sector as founder/director of Solariza Energía.
Its financed projects include several fibre optic installation operations in different towns and villages, as well as a campaign to remove biomass from Catalan forests. It is also currently involved in the which aims to bring energy efficiency to a large number of educational centres.
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