Australian Energy Bonds to bring £7.5mn to UK wind and solar

An Australian entrepreneur has launched a four-year retail bond, paying a fixed rate of 7.5% interest, to fund the development of CBD Energy’s first UK utility-scale solar farms, wind farms and other renewable projects...

By Josie Le Blond

CBD Energy Limited, Australian developer of renewable energy projects, has announced intentions to construct solar and/or wind generation assets in the UK. To facilitate the development of its proposed sites, the firm announced the launch of a new bond.

The first tranche of ‘EnergyBonds’ will pay quarterly interest in cash, at a fixed rate of 7.5% per annum, and are being issued by Energy Bonds plc, a wholly-owned UK subsidiary of CBD Energy Limited (‘CBD’).

The EnergyBonds will be allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis, with the minimum subscription set at £500, and multiples thereof, with no upper limit, said the company.

CBD is presently in the process of merging with Westinghouse Solar Inc, a US-based listed company, through a share scrip exchange - a deal which is expected to conclude in the coming months.

“We seek to raise up to £7.5mn with this first tranche of EnergyBonds, primarily to fund the development of utility-scale solar farms and wind farms within the UK, and to finance other overseas renewable energy projects within the Group,” said CBD Executive Chairman and Managing Director, Gerry McGowan. “We [...] have already identified several sites available for development,” he added.

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