A Government-funded bank that invests in green energy projects will launch a £1bn fund dedicated to buying stakes in operational offshore wind projects.
The Green Investment Bank’s (GIB) participation is a boost to Britain’s offshore wind sector which has seen a series of project cancellations over the past few months.
In March, British utility SSE announced it was shelving two planned offshore wind projects and reducing its stake in a third to cut costs.
“GIB’s plans for a dedicated offshore wind fund are a real boost for our industrial strategy in a sector where we have a strong competitive advantage compared to other countries,” Business Secretary Vince Cable said in a statement alongside the bank’s annual results.
Britain already has 3.6 gigawatts of installed offshore wind capacity but it is counting on the development of other wind farms to help it cut carbon emissions in the electricity sector.
The bank hopes the fund will help attract new investors to the offshore wind market such as sovereign wealth funds and pension funds.
The GIB is already a major investor in offshore wind and acquired stakes in two offshore wind farms owned by Denmark’s Dong Energy and Germany’s RWE Innogy, respectively, for nearly £500m at the end of March.