Solar power is, quite simply, the conversion of energy from sunlight into electricity.
Solar technology has been around for over 40 years, but historically it was incredibly expensive to implement and required government subsidies to make it economically viable. The initial driving force behind its continuance was therefore its massive environmental benefits but, due to technological advances, the growth of solar power is now driven by economics. There has been an 82% reduction in the cost of solar technology since 2010, and a further 40% reduction is expected over the next 10 years.
Solar power has been the fastest growing source of new energy worldwide since 2016, outperforming growth in all other renewable sectors, with the global value of the market predicted to reach $422 billion by 2022. Goldman Sachs and Bloomberg New Energy Finance have forecast that over $3 trillion will be invested in the solar sector over the next 20 years, and that it will ultimately account for 35% of all new global energy generation capacity.
Why investors like you are choosing solar…
- Solar farms enable secure inflation-linked revenues and have an economic lifespan of approximately 30 years.
- Solar bond investments are backed by tangible assets, like land, photovoltaic panels and the corresponding equipment.
- Solar technology is unique in its scalability and short construction times, meaning sites can be developed quickly.
- The operation of solar equipment carries few risks, as it is electrical rather than mechanical and consequently has very few moving parts.
- Solar irradiation (the power per unit area received from the sun) is more predictable and has less variation than alternatives (e.g. wind).
- Historical performance data of solar investments highlight how the technology can consistently deliver attractive returns to investors and has outperformed other renewables and traditional energy stocks over the last four years.
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