EARTHMILL, the Wetherby-based wind turbine business, has launched a UK record £2.5m crowd-funded investment that enables individuals to invest in farm-scale turbines.

The deal follows the success of the company’s initial fund, which was the UK’s first crowd-funded investment aimed at small-scale turbines. It raised £1.25m in just eight weeks, closing earlier than anticipated and over subscribed.

Steve Milner, managing director, said: "We were obviously pleased with the take up of the initial fundraising and decided that, in the current climate of expensive bank lending, crowd funding in green tech and renewables made sense again.

"There is an appetite among investors for debt returns underpinned by these existing and highly productive assets, and this will help us drive further growth and fund ten new turbine installations across the UK."

Investors who join in the first month are guaranteed an interest rate of 7.5 per cent a year over three years, those who invest later will receive seven per cent interest. The fund has been launched by renewable energy crowd-funding platform Trillion Fund.

Investments start from £50 and loans will be secured against ten already operational farm-scale turbines, four of which are in Yorkshire – in Keighley, Driffield and Wetwang.

Mr Milner said: "There is a growing recognition that the medium-scale individual wind turbines being installed by farmers are a positive addition to the landscape. Not only are they built on a more human scale than wind farm turbines but they are adding to the power generated by renewables and reducing the UK’s reliance on fossil fuels.

“Investors who wanted to enter the wind turbine market used to need land, and between £250,000 and £600,000, to buy and install their own turbine. Crowdfunding is a brilliant way of enabling almost anyone who’s interested in wind power to get involved and directly benefit from renewable energy."

Earthmill, which employs 36 staff, has installed more than 200 small-scale wind turbines on farms across the UK. The company was ranked 17th in the 2014 Sunday Times Fast Track 100 list of the UK’s highest growth companies.

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