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Fifteen Clean Energy Yield Cos: Where's The Yield?

Brian,
That philosophy is like asking several installers to quote you for solar systems... they offer you wildly different prices and system sizes in different configurations with various financing options. You know that all renewables are good, so you ask them to draw straws to see which one gets to install solar on your home. But it's all good, because you have a solar system, and that's good enough for you.

July 16, 2014

June Bloom: Ten Clean Energy Stocks for 2014, Q2 Update

What do you mean by "skeptical of the net yield?" Dividend yield is easy to calculate: annual dividend divided by stock price... there's not a lot to be skeptical about.

As for "Certified Investment Counselor" that's not a particularly meaningful term, although Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and Chartered Investment Counselor (CIC) are, and one of these may have been what you meant. It's easy to get confused with all the financial certifications out there. The only ones I think are worth much are CFP and CFA (I hold the CFA ("Chartered Financial Analyst") designation), as well as the CIC, which is a slight variation on the CFA charter.)
CFA, CIC, and CFP require several years of study each, but many of the others require little more than a weekend workshop. While there are many good (and many bad) financial planners and counselors who don't hold one of these designations, other designations are not worth a whole heck of a lot except for impressing the uninitiated.

July 20, 2014

June Bloom: Ten Clean Energy Stocks for 2014, Q2 Update

James,
Yes, it's on their website, which has both English and Dutch versions. Here's the English: http://www.accell-group.com/en. However, Accell has a variable annual dividend which is based on the previous year's profits (fairly common for European companies.) The yield I gave is based on last year's dividend. I expect next year's will be higher since business is better this year.

And, yes, yahoo finance is lame. You can find better information on Bloomberg: http://www.bloomberg.com/quote/ACCEL:NA

June 20, 2014

Hawaii’s Solar Conundrum: Can Energy Storage Save the Day?

It seems like a good first step of dealing with the timing mismatch between solar production and load would be to point all new PV panels west. Does anyone know if there are efforts in that direction?

May 28, 2014

The Very Quick Guide to a Green Portfolio

Patrick O'Leary- Try reading the whole article before you comment. I made that point in the "Investing Efficiently" section.

June 02, 2014

The Very Quick Guide to a Green Portfolio

Sorry, Patrick, you are right, and I apologize. I was writing this article to a strict word limit, and that's a part I cut out, although it remained there in my mind.

I do have a companion piece solely about building a stock portfolio coming out in Renewable Energy World that does make that point.

Here's what it will say, at least if the REW editors don't cut it (the article ran rather long):

"...increasing the energy efficiency a your home or paying up-front to install solar (as opposed to signing a lease) have financial returns similar to fixed income securities. While the attractiveness of installing solar varies widely from state to state depending on the level of incentives and sun available, energy efficiency investments usually have incredibly attractive returns. A good indicator that a home solar system is an attractive investment is if a solar leasing company like SolarCity is willing to lease it to you. If SolarCity can make money leasing you a system, you'll probably do well making the investment yourself."

June 03, 2014

The Very Quick Guide to a Green Portfolio

Patrick,
In the context of this article, residential applications for solar make sense. I'm talking about investments for individuals, and few individuals can invest directly in commercial solar (except by buying stocks.) I agree commercial solar is a different type investment decision than residential solar, but it simply is not relevant in the context of this article.

June 04, 2014

The Very Quick Guide to a Green Portfolio

Patrick,
I think your points about small commercial are valid, I just don't think they apply to the audience I had in mind when I wrote this article (people with < $100K to invest and limited time to think about it.) This is a "quick" guide.

Why don't you write your own article about how to invest in a small commercial installation? I can give you contact information to get it published on REW, or I'll publish it on AltEnergyStocks.com if you know what you're talking about and write coherently. If you're not willing to do that, stop whining that no one else is writing about your personal obsession. You can reach me by email at tom at alt energy stocks dot com.

June 04, 2014

The Very Quick Guide to a Green Portfolio

Patrick,
I think your points about small commercial are valid, I just don't think they apply to the audience I had in mind when I wrote this article (people with < $100K to invest and limited time to think about it.) This is a "quick" guide.

Why don't you write your own article about how to invest in a small commercial installation? I can give you contact information to get it published on REW, or I'll publish it on AltEnergyStocks.com if you know what you're talking about and write coherently. If you're not willing to do that, stop whining that no one else is writing about your personal obsession. You can reach me by email at tom at alt energy stocks dot com.

June 04, 2014

The Very Quick Guide to a Green Portfolio

Send me a copy to the email provided in the last comment.

May 25, 2014

Renewable Energy Stocks by the kWh

Brian- I agree that the value of energy varies by time of day, location, and other value factors. But once you apply all those factors to find out the market price of the energy produced, you find that you end up with a metric which looks a lot like Revenue. If you then subtract out costs, you have earnings.

In other words, what you're suggesting is that I draw up a chart of renewable energy producers' Price/Sales (P/S) and Price/Earnings (P/E) ratios. But you may was well just use Bloomberg.

Tom Konrad

Tom Konrad

Tom Konrad is a private money manager and freelance writer focused on Peak Oil and Climate Change as investment themes. He manages portfolios for individual clients and is Head of Research for the JPS Green Economy Fund (http://jpsgreeneconomyfund.com),...

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