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What we do

UK Climate Investments

Promoting cleaner, greener growth in emerging economies

UK Climate Investments LLP (UKCI) was established in 2015 with a binding commitment of £200 million from the UK Government's International Climate Finance funding. Targeting transformational green energy investments in some of the world’s most carbon intensive economies, UKCI identifies opportunities where its capital can mobilise additional private sector capital on a sustainable basis to promote cleaner, greener growth in these emerging economies.

UKCI invests on commercial terms, making minority equity investments of typically c. £10-30 million into renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.

With a current geographic focus of India and Sub-Saharan Africa, UKCI is working closely with its investment partners to develop, build and operate green energy infrastructure in areas with limited access to electricity.

UKCI is a joint venture between the Green Investment Group (GIG) and the UK Government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). UKCI has a dedicated team of investment professionals who are supported by the wider GIG team and Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets' global platform and networks.

UK Climate Investments projects


Supporting the build-out of green energy infrastructure

UKCI partnered with one of the UK’s leading solar developers on its first project in India – the greenfield development of a 50 MW solar farm in Wagdari, Maharashtra.

In addition to exporting the UK’s industry-leading development, construction and operations expertise, the project is powering the equivalent of ~75,000 homes with clean electricity each year.


Driving innovation in India’s renewables sector

UKCI co-invested in a 185 MW portfolio of solar farms across India. Built to world-class standards in regions highly dependent on fossil-fuel based generation, the portfolio will help avoid ~330ktpa of CO2 emissions over their operational lives and power approximately ~315,000 homes each year.

The portfolio was also used to establish the first offshore renewables strategy of its kind in India, marking a significant development in one of the world’s fastest growing solar markets. 

Sub-Saharan Africa

Green finance market development

In 2019, UKCI announced that it would act as a cornerstone investor in a vehicle seeking to accelerate the installation of renewables capacity in sub-Saharan Africa.

UKCI’s commitment intends to help renewables developers unlock and recycle capital in established green energy projects. 


Promoting clean growth

UKCI is helping commercial and industrial businesses across India rethink how they produce and consume electricity by helping CleanMax Solar expand its network of private solar farms. 

CleanMax Solar partners with businesses to build new rooftop and ground mounted solar projects – enabling businesses to access clean, cheaper-than-grid electricity by removing the need for significant upfront capital investment. 

South Africa

Supporting South Africa’s transition to a new energy mix

UKCI is providing critical financing to support the development of 254 MW of renewables projects across South Africa.

The projects are being supported through an innovative funding mechanism designed by UKCI to support Black Economic Empowerment entities. When completed in 2020, the projects will power ~200,000 homes each year.


Financing the construction of affordable green housing

UKCI intends to invest up to £30 million in order to finance the construction of affordable green housing in Kenya.

By demonstrating the viability of environmentally sustainable building design, UKCI’s commitment will help embed green standards in the Kenyan market and create a new green asset class for local institutional investors.

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