Downing Renewable Energy
As a sustainability-focused investment manager, we firmly believe that the problems facing our society and the planet are powerful structural drivers for investment. As such, Downing has been an active investor with a strong track record in renewable energy since 2010.See our investment strategies
Downing’s renewable energy platform was purpose-built to provide institutional investors with best-in-class access to wind, solar, hydro and battery investments. Focusing on the UK and Northern Europe, we employ 60+ professionals in a fully integrated team providing investment, asset management, project development and project delivery services.
of assets under management in core renewables
core renewable transactions
renewable energy professionals
equivalent UK homes forecasted to be powered by our assets
*As at 31 December 2022
What do we do differently?
Active asset management
Our 21-strong asset management team manages c.7,400 individual installations across six different technologies. A proprietary IT system allows the team to analyse 1 billion data points from the portfolio. Automated data integrations including API and SFTP enable increased efficiencies and control, gaining deeper insight into the assets. With the aid of this system, our team is able to drive operational gains and cost savings, while also allowing the firm to offer highly tailored reporting to our clients, designed to address ESG, regulatory or data requirements.
Experienced investment team
Downing employs a large team of 13 highly experienced professionals with c.150 years combined experience across renewable energy and infrastructure.
With a wide range of backgrounds, the team is responsible for deal sourcing and execution, portfolio construction, ongoing value optimisation and the implementation of a commercial strategy for each of our assets.
In-house renewable development
We have established an in-house renewable energy project development business, focused on building a pipeline of renewable energy assets across the UK. These projects will be offered to Downing managed funds and vehicles. The team has a pipeline of c.3GWh spanning onshore wind, ground mounted and rooftop solar, and battery storage in the UK.
A further benefit of diversification is the mitigation of region-specific regulatory and policy risks that might arise over the life of an investment mandate. We also hold the ability to tactically adjust the investment focus over time to take advantage of opportunities that present themselves.
Faced with rapidly changing energy markets, we believe our access to a wide range of grid-scale opportunities, coupled with our portfolio construction expertise provides investors with valuable optionality.
Renewable energy generation relies on intermittent natural resources that tend to fluctuate over time. By investing across multiple generation technologies and geographies, Downing can construct portfolios offering a more stable and resilient set of long-term cashflows. The increased revenue stability achieved is particularly compelling for yield-oriented investors seeking a consistent return.
We aim to actively monitor and manage ESG factors throughout the investment process and period of ownership which enables us to create value for our investors and communities. Our strategy means we aim to contribute to the UK and Europe’s net zero, energy security strategies and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Affordable & Clean Energy
Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
Decent Work and Economic Growth
Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure
Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation, and foster innovation
Sustainable Cities & Communities
Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
Life on Land
Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
Downing Renewables & Infrastructure Trust (DORE)
DORE is an Article 9 closed ended trust that listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) in November 2022.
Downing operates a purpose-built platform offering institutional investors flexible access to attractive lower-mid-market renewable energy investments.
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Downing completes acquisition of land and lease income related to a c.200MW wind farm on behalf of a UK charity
November 28, 2023
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