SunPower to Issue Asset Backed Bonds

In a bid to secure inexpensive capital, SunPower (SPWR) is pursuing alternative funding sources. According to a number of reports, SunPower, intends to issue bonds backed by solar assets later this year. Asset backed securities (ABS) pool together power purchase agreements from utility scale plants or residential solar leases, and pass on the payments from […] Read more

5 Reasons Clean Energy Technology is Booming

You may have heard about the recent 60 Minutes segment that inexplicably reported the cleantech sector was in steep decline. There are quite a few reports out there breaking down the many fallacies of that segment, with most correctly concluding the sector is not dead, it is in fact booming and evidence of that surging momentum is everywhere you look. Consider these […] Read more

In Focus: The Tesla-Dominated Future

By 2026, Tesla revenues could be 60 times what they are, according to a Morgan Stanley stock analyst who is as bullish as it gets on the electric automaker.Between this prediction, and the announcement of the Gigafactory, Tesla stock prices leapt up…

Veterans: 10% of Solar Workforce

More than 13,000 U.S. Veterans are already working in the solar industry, and the number is growing. That’s almost 10 percent of the workforce in the solar industry, according to a new report from Operation Free, a coalition of veterans and national security experts, and The Solar Foundation. The report also found that nearly 62 […] Read more

Watch Out Utilities: Here Come The Technology Giants

One of the more outspoken and forward-thinking executives in today’s energy industry is NRG Energy’s CEO David Crane.  When recently asked who NRG’s competitors will be in the future, he responded: “If you ask me who I worry about beating us, I give very little thought to the traditional power companies, the utilities.”[1] He then went […] Read more

Tesla Stock Hits New Highs After Earnings Report

Tesla shares rocketed to new highs Thursday after the luxury electric carmaker reported stronger-than-expected quarterly results and forecast a big boost in 2014 sales. Shares in Tesla lifted eight percent to $209.11 in morning trade, extending the…

Finding Green Dividend Yield

In the vexing world of low interest rates that we now live in, a promising realm is opening up to alternative energy investors. Two recent IPOs have broadened the dividend investment field for green investors, Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Infrastructure (HASI) and Pattern Energy Group Inc (PEGI). Though these two green companies operate in very different business areas, they […] Read more

Solar Enters Retirement Portfolios

Today’s life expectancy in America is eight years longer than it was in 1970. That’s eight more years to enjoy retirement; and eight more years of savings to put away. In a challenging economy, there are various factors that can threaten a comfortable retirement, such as declining property values and interest rates, higher living and health […] Read more

Tesla Trying to Recall the Recall

Tesla’s big wall charger adapter replacement program is about to get a lot bigger. For one thing, the replacement has become an official recall. Secondly, the number of affected adapters is higher than expected: 29,222 units. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration officially announced the recall today. Tesla says that the problem lies in “certain NEMA 14-50 (240 volt) Universal Mobile […] Read more

Climate Index Outperforms Equities

Rising electricity demand, growing energy security concerns, the impact of climate change, and the improving competitiveness of clean technologies have combined to see clean energy make a remarkable return to favor with public market investors in 2013, according to a new report by HSBC. In its latest Quarterly Index Review, HSBC says its Global Climate […] Read more

Institutional Investors LOVE Renewable Energy

Central banks around the world have kept interest rates extremely low to spur economic growth since the financial crisis of 2008. This has left fixed income investors searching for investments with higher rates of return to replace the yield lost from the current global interest rate regime. Liability driven investors, like pension plans and insurance […] Read more

Solar Stocks are Taking Off

The market is starting to notice that solar investing has been extremely profitable in 2013. As of the middle of September, the average solar stock is up over 50% in the past year, and over 15% in three months (that’s over 60% annualized!). These returns are taken from a broad list of about 60 publically […] Read more

Renewable Energy Mutual Funds are Rocking!

Alternative energy MFs have had stellar returns in the past three and 12 months, all showing gains in the double digits. ETFs have also done well on average, but returns are much more variable, as detailed below. Mutual Funds Returns remain excellent for alternative energy MFs overall, with annual returns ranging from 54.5% to 15.8%.The […] Read more

Solar Investing and Wealth Creation

During the US market collapse of 2008, the S&P 500 plummeted 40%, leaving investors panicked. Those with substantial assets naturally want their wealth to be secure. And a rapid turn in economic markets poses a large threat to the value of financial assets. Before that happens, you can take steps to protect your wealth. Investing […] Read more