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The Renewable Energy Sector in Portugal

Before taking a look at the available Golden Visa-eligible Renewable Energy Investment funds, explore why this sector is such a great area to invest in Portugal.

Portugal embarked on its renewable energy journey over forty years ago, positioning itself as an early adopter among European nations.

The initial investments were prompted by the country’s reliance on imported oil, gas, and coal. Portugal’s goal has been to generate 85% of its annual electricity from renewable sources by 2030 and it already has one of the highest ratios in Europe. 

Investing in renewable energy in Portugal offers an attractive opportunity for several reasons:

  • Pioneering Efforts: Portugal has been investing in renewable energy for over four decades, establishing itself as an early adopter in the sector.
  • Sustainability Commitment: The country’s commitment to sustainability is evident through its significant strides towards achieving cleaner energy solutions.
  • Record-Breaking Achievement: Portugal set a notable record in 2023 by generating all its energy capacity from renewable sources for six consecutive days, showcasing the viability of renewable energy investments.
  • Favorable Environment: Portugal boasts a favorable regulatory environment, technological advancements, and geographical advantages, particularly in solar and wind energy production.
  • Alignment with National Goals: Investing in renewable energy aligns with Portugal’s ambitious goals of reducing carbon emissions and transitioning towards a greener economy.

These factors collectively make Portugal an attractive destination for sustainable investments with promising long-term growth prospects.

Portugal Golden Visa: Renewable Energy Investment Funds

Portugal’s Golden Visa program provides investors with a pathway to citizenship in an EU country in just 5 years. The popular residency program is open to investors who purchase a minimum of €500,000 in eligible investment funds. The renewable energy sector is a particularly attractive proposition for investors in Portugal with high growth potential and sold yields. Below is a definitive list of Renewable Energy Investment funds that are currently eligible under the Portugal Golden Visa program.

Those interested in such funds should reach out to us and we can schedule a presentation for you with the fund manager. For a full list of eligible funds click here, and to learn more about the Portugal Golden Visa program you can check out our guide.

The Sustainable Development Fund

The Suistainable Development fund invests in Renewable Energy that caters to the increasing demand for a more sustainable and cleaner way to power the planet. The fund manager has a fantastic track record of developing and managing renewable energy operations. By financing specific infrastructures, the Fund is able to generate an impressive yield of 8% which wil be distributed to investors as dividends.

Portugal Golden Visa Investment Fund Terms:

  • Minimum Investment Term: 5 Years
  • Fund Size: €100M
  • Minimum Participation: €100,000
  • Golden Visa Investment Minimum: €100,000
  • Return On Investment: 8% per annum
  • Performance fee: 20%
  • Management Fee: 1.5%
  • Subscription Fee: 1.5%
  • Additional Benefits: anticipated capital appreciation of 4%

NFE Renewable Energy Investment Fund

The fund is a renewable energy investment fund that allocates its resources to purchasing shares in solar projects in Portugal and in another countries. The capital contributed by investors will be combined and collectively used to purchase shares in solar projects in bulk. By acquiring units in this investment fund, investors gain a diversified portfolio that includes various shares from different projects across multiple jurisdictions. When the fund sells an underlying asset at a higher price than the initial purchase price, it generates a profit, and the investor receive a portion of these profits.

Portugal Golden Visa Investment Fund Terms:

  • Minimum Investment Term: 8 Years
  • Fund Size: €100M
  • Minimum Participation: €50,000
  • Golden Visa Investment Minimum: €500,000
  • Management Fee: 0.5%
  • Subscription Fee: 3%
  • Subscription Period End: September 2024

The Regeneration Fund

This fund is an agricultural investment fund focused on acquiring undervalued farmland in Portugal. The fund seeks to modernize these farms with advanced infrastructure and sustainable practices, ensuring steady income through annual yields and appreciation of land value. Investments are pooled to purchase and enhance operational orchards, delivering immediate returns from established crops. The fund promotes regenerative agriculture to improve soil health and environmental sustainability while providing significant tax advantages and potential residency benefits through Portugal’s Golden Visa program.

Portugal Golden Visa Investment Fund Terms:

  • Minimum Investment Term: 8-year closed-end fund
  • Fund Size: €100M
  • Golden Visa Investment Minimum: €500,000
  • Return On Investment: 5% preferential hurdle + 20% additional above hurdle
  • Management Fee: 1.5% annual – calculated against initial investment
  • Subscription Fee: 1% initial setup fee
  • Additional Benefits: 0% Tax on Profits

The Agro Development Fund

This fund is focused on sustainable agriculture and invests in a variety of sectors including hydroponics, permanent crops, forest-based projects, and pasture and livestock, aiming to modernize and enhance agricultural productivity. It emphasizes impact investing, targeting social and environmental benefits alongside financial returns. The fund supports sustainable practices and aligns with several United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, promoting economic growth, environmental stewardship, and community development.

Portugal Golden Visa Investment Fund Terms:

  • Minimum Participation: €100,000
  • Golden Visa Investment Minimum: €500,000
  • Management Fee: 1.5%
  • Subscription Fee: 1.5%
  • Additional Benefits: 8% Potential Capital Appreciation and 3% dividend yield
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