There is no denying it, renewable energy is the future with more companies springing up each year, pushing the sector into bigger and better growth. By April 2019, renewable energy growth outpaced coal energy for the first time ever in the U.S. with 23% of U.S. power generation produced by renewable energy sources. This was largely driven by reduced costs and increased energy capacity.
2020 did not prove to be the year we were all expecting, but the International Energy Agency stated that on a global level, 90% of all new energy generation was from renewable sources, with 10% being from fossil fuels. Indeed, as climate-conscious energy sources become much more commonplace, investors are also starting to take more notice. Many renewable energy companies have more than doubled their share price in 2020, while the likes of Enphase Energy have soared more than 400%, and Sun Power around 300% by the end of 2020. Let’s not forget Tesla’s impressive run as a testament to the hype surrounding clean energy companies.
With president-elect Joe Biden due to take office in January, the U.S. could be on the verge of pushing forward with renewable energy, as Biden’s proposed $2 trillion climate plan puts cutting down on carbon emissions as the clear focus for the future. So we look at 2 interesting and potential renewable energy stocks to invest in for the New Year.
I have written about SolarEdge (NASDAQ: SEDG) a good few times now, particularly as a competitor to Tesla in the solar panel and energy converter business. SolarEdge is a great company which has benefitted front the huge increase in solar installations the past year. Looking at 2021, solar power predicted to be the biggest type of renewable energy growth, this stock is one to take notice of.
Although traditionally a solar company, it also produces inverters that convert solar power from the panels on your roof into usable electricity for the home. Added to this SolarEdge produced the world’s first charging inverter which combines grid power and solar power energy sources into one, easy-to-use system for charging your electric vehicles.
Unfortunately, SolarEdge reported disappointing Q3 earnings as the difficult business cycle has taken its toll on the commercial side of its solar panel business. Large-scale solar installation simply did not gain enough traction in the last quarter and as a result, revenue was down 17% year-over-year (YoY) to $338 million. That being said, net income was up 3.6% YoY to $66 million, and earning per share remained constant at $1.21.
The disappointing results came in alongside some good news as its largest market, Europe, generated a record-setting solar revenue. 53% of overall revenue was generated by this market at $165 million. If 2021 means bringing the U.S. more in-line with similar green energy policies that Europe has already implemented, then revenue for the U.S. market should begin to catch up over the next few years.
Bloom Energy Corp.
Bloom Energy (NYSE: BE) is a hydrogen fuel cell company that produces component parts for energy generation. This company’s share price has soared 280% in 2020 from just under $8 to around $30 in 2020. With green energy and innovation in areas such as Hydrogen fuel-cell technology, this is a stock to watch in 2021.
Bloom Energy might seem like a small-cap stock to invest in, but this company has spent time and energy keeping its client base as broad and diversified as can be. With customers in health care, banking, media, and communication, plus many other industries, Bloom Energy should be well able to ride out any continued market uncertainty.
Bloom Energy also entered into a financial partnership with NextEra last July, whereby NextEra bought a six-megawatt fuel project from them. In addition, the company has collaborated with SK Engineering and helped to build two clean energy facilities in South Korea, both of which are powered by Hydrogen fuel-cells.
This is a fast-moving and innovative company that is emerging as a keen player in the hydrogen fuel-cell market. Although this could present a risky investment due to both the market and its size in this competitive industry, this company has plenty of space to grow. In addition, it has a diversified clientele and it is attracting bigger names in the energy sector with whom to partner with. This would be a great renewable energy stock to invest in for 2021.
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Poppy likes companies that go the extra mile. Her favorite stock is Amazon because she is fond of its innovation, variety, and creative solutions to sustainability.