Case study

Oakapple Renewable Energy

Funding UK solar with multiple Debentures over two years

We helped Oakapple Renewable Energy to refinance a total of four rooftop solar projects from 2013 to 2015. As many as 30% of our investors became repeat Oakapple investors in that time, buying investments in new Oakapple projects as they launched.

Oakapple Renewable Energy specialise in free rooftop solar that benefits both the homeowner and the developer or investor. Their approach is to allow the homeowner to use the electricity produced and pay a discounted price, or nothing at all, and thus save money on their bills. The investor and developer receive the Feed-in Tariff and Export Tariff payments, generating a steady, long term return.

The projects Oakapple financed on Abundance included installing solar on new build flats and homes, in association with one of the UK’s leading housing developers, as well as on existing social housing for Berwickshire Housing Association. Abundance structured and marketed each of the
four offers, and investors receive semi-annual returns of capital and interest that increase gradually over the life of the investment. 

The marketing of a number of similar projects from the same developer involved distinguishing the projects by more than their financial return. Our marketing team highlighted the different financial and social benefits for homeowners and tenants – such as vulnerable social housing tenants receiving free solar power – to create a powerful story around the projects, which in turn helped them sell.

  • £3.1m
    Total invested across all Oakapple projects
  • 1,100
    Number of investors
  • 4
    Number of projects funded
  • 20
    Longest investment term (years)

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Corporate Clients should consider all risks before raising capital through Abundance and take independent advice where necessary. As with any investment product there are risks. For any financing raised, part or all of the investors invested capital may be at risk and any return on their investment depends on the success of the project invested in. Abundance investments may not be readily realisable (and their value can rise or fall). Financing may be secured or unsecured. Estimated rates of return can be variable and estimates are no guarantee of actual return. Specific risks will apply in relation to each financing product.