Is There a Reliable Source for Renewable Energy Information?

As a non-professional investor, I want legitimate and honest up-to-date info on today’s renewable energy world. There are many companies making claims just to get your attention; it’s so hard to find honest sites for legitimate information. What do you suggest? –Thomas F., NY, NY

Unfortunately there is no magic website or font of information — but rather collecting information from a varied set of organizations, media and sources and filtering that information as carefully as possible is the only way to go. RenewableEnergyAccess.com is one of the best to give you the ‘lay of the land’. I would also go to the websites of the particular national trade association and to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. If the company belongs to a national trade group, receives R&D awards from the federal or state government, and gets in the energy trade press, it shows they are paying dues, meeting government funding requirements and have some media outreach. Obviously annual sales figures and company’s with products that meet technical certifications such as ‘UL’ or ‘SRCC’ — are both important indicators as well. You might want to engage a clean energy investment group, since they carry out due diligence on companies for their investors. The Nasdaq Stock Market, Inc. and Clean Edge, Inc. have launched the NASDAQ Clean Edge U.S. Index; NASDAQ began disseminating the index on May 18. The Distributed Energy Financial Group (DEFG), LLC, launched the Distributed Energy Stock Index (DESI) in July 2005. The DEFG releases the publication of the DESI Quarterly Reports. For more information, you can also see related trade press on http://www.industrywatch.com.
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Scott, founder and president of The Stella Group, Ltd., in Washington, DC, is the Chair of the Steering Committee of the Sustainable Energy Coalition and serves on the Business Council for Sustainable Energy, and The Solar Foundation. The Stella Group, Ltd., a strategic marketing and policy firm for clean distributed energy users and companies using renewable energy, energy efficiency and storage. Sklar is an Adjunct Professor at The George Washington University teaching two unique interdisciplinary courses on sustainable energy, and is an Affiliated Professor of CATIE, the graduate university based in Costa Rica. . On June 19, 2014, Scott Sklar was awarded the prestigious The Charles Greely Abbot Award by the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) and on April 26, 2014 was awarded the Green Patriot Award by George Mason University in Virginia.

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