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Pension funds expecting to increase renewable allocations with solar and onshore wind top of the list

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Solar and onshore wind are predicted to remain the top renewable investments, with pension funds to increase their renewable allocations.

This comes from an Alpha Real Capital survey of 50 pension fund investors, which found that 68% anticipated a rise in allocations to renewable energy compared to the 10% that expected a decrease over the next five years.

During the same time period, solar and onshore wind are expected to remain the top two investment areas, with the ability to invest into strategic infrastructure identified as the key attribute of the renewable sector.

This was followed by the attractive risk adjusted returns, asset diversification and the ability to deliver stable income returns.

Will Morgan, head of renewables at Alpha Real Capital, said: “Our research supports the view that professional pension fund investors see the UK renewables sector as offering attractive investment opportunities, and plan to increase their exposure here. We are seeing growing interest from a range of pension funds in our renewable energy investments.”

However, whilst 74% of those surveyed already invest in the renewable energy sector, only 30% described it as mature. The majority of the pension fund investors (52%) classified it as developing, whilst 18% thought it was early stage.

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