BlackRock UK renewable fund surpasses £1 billion landmark

Leading asset management group BlackRock has taken its Renewable Income UK fund up to £1.1 billion, making it one of the largest single investments in renewable energy.

The fundraiser, for its third reopening, secured an additional £475million, building on the £600 million already invested in 40 wind and solar projects across the UK.

70% of the investment was raised from BlackRock’s existing partnerships while a proportion of the investment comes from British pension funds, highlighting the demand from the UK for renewable power income.

Manager of the fund, Rory O’Conner said: “The successful fundraising for RIUK demonstrates the attraction for the Fund’s stable and inflation-linked income profile in the current market environment”.

BlackRock said the investment opportunities are appealing to their clients as they benefit from immediate ownership of cash generating assets. It added: “Investors are turning to renewable energy assets to meet long-dated liabilities”.

Charlie Reid, BlackRock portfolio manager, said that it identified the attraction of the renewables platform early, adding that it is now the largest renewable investment fund in the UK.