Internet search engine Ecosia is planning to invest €250,000 in Ripple Energy’s latest community-owned renewable power project, marking the tree-planting non-profit’s first major investment in the UK.

The ‘green’ search engine – which funnels its profits towards tree-planting and other environmental projects – on Friday announced its intention to snap up a share in Ripple Energy’s third crowd-funded renewable power project, in which more than 7,000 people have so far reserved their place.

Ripple Energy allows households and businesses across the country to buy small shares of large-scale wind farms and solar plants, with the cooperating ownership model enabling the resulting energy generated from these projects to be cheaper than that from the grid. Those that purchase shares in Ripple Energy’s projects can therefore benefit from cheaper energy bills, according to the firm.

Ripple Energy founder and CEO Sarah Merrick said she was “delighted” that Ecosia had recognised the

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