Maybe you’ve heard about “impact investing” or “socially responsible investing” and aren’t sure if it’s for you. Perhaps a friend told you about a great opportunity to support renewable energy, but are the returns there, or is this just charity? It could be that you have seen solar panels on buildings and wish there was a way to get involved without needing rooftop space.

Whatever your reason, you have come to the right place! Today we have four reasons to invest in clean, green energy through organizations like CED Co-op.

Great Returns

We’re all concerned about our financial future, whether that’s retirement, providing for our children, or just making ends meet. We don’t have the time or patience to save the world without first making sure our investments meet our needs. Investing isn’t charity – we want to see our money grow, while appreciating the impact it is making in the world.

Good news! CED Co-op investments are expected to provide consistent, long-term returns. The returns should meet the levels desired by professional investors at a targeted 9% annual dividend for preferred shares, and 6.13% aggregate return for our current investment offering – Bonds Series N1-5. Investing in CED Co-op is like owning a piece of a number of solar projects, all with guaranteed 20-year contracts to generate power.

A Growing Industry

We are leaders in cleaning and greening our economy. Thanks to agreements like the Paris Climate Agreement and Ontario Green Energy Act, it’s full steam ahead when it comes to developing renewable energy. Research from the Solar Energy Industries Association shows a compound annual growth of 60%, and an 18% drop in solar process from 2015-2016. For an industry that has been powering everything from calculators to space shuttles, solar is still seeing incredible growth as distributed power takes off.

What better time to invest than in a growing sector? As we continue to end our reliance on fossil fuels and install more capacity for renewable energy the industry will continue to grow. While we provide the world with clean, green energy, smart investors will be reaping the financial rewards.


Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. This timeless advice we have all heard applies to our investments as well. You protect yourself from volatility or major industry changes by choosing a variety of stocks, funds, and sectors to invest in. Likely, the renewable energy industry will be a new segment in your portfolio, providing some diversity.

As always, make sure you consult your financial advisor when looking at new investments. They will be able to help you analyze your current holdings, and how renewable energy fits into the mix and will help you accomplish your goals.

Feel Great

It’s easy to get distracted by the day to day and forget about the amazing impact we’re making. This is especially true here in the renewable energy and investment sector. Each day we take steps toward a cleaner energy future. Sometimes we need to take a step back to appreciate the good work happening.

The other day I spoke with a friend about investing in renewable energy. He had so much enthusiasm for doing good with his money, and couldn’t wait to learn more. What surprised him the most, was that more people don’t think about investing like this. Seeing the smile on his face reminded me that it isn’t just about the dollars and cents – investing with impact feels great!

What Reasons to Invest Did We Miss?

Why do you invest with CED Co-op, or in other renewable energy opportunities? What key reasons did we miss? Let us know in the comments below.



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