Investing in Renewable Energy

Would it be possible to run a feature on the solar energy related companies with shares available on the stock market and how they’ve done over the past year? Many of us would like to invest, but are having trouble identifying these companies and their performance. If you provide the ticker symbols, too, these companies would definitely benefit from the additional investment that would result. –Deanna S. Long Beach, CA

Investments in renewable energy hit a record $30 billion last year — that is a whopping 20-25% of the total investment in the energy industry worldwide.

The clean technology boom that we are seeing in the market is similar to the rise of the telecommunications industry in the early 1980s. There are many opportunities for the next wave of innovation, investment opportunities and business creativity.

The explosive growth in cleantech provides opportunity for new and experienced investors to invest in young companies that are changing the world for the better.

The following is a list of the majority of cleantech companies traded on the NASDAQ and their 52-week performance. The close price was collected on 01-11-08.

 

 

 

Name

Close

Volume

52 Week Range

Market Cap

AATI

ADVANCED ANALOGIC TECH

 8.13

  471257

 5.30-13.08

  365.8M

ALTI

ALTAIR NANOTECHNOLOGIES INC

 3.82

  985960

  2.59-5.45

  269.1M

AMSC

AMERICAN SUPERCONDUCTOR CP

 23.13

  494483

 9.20-32.74

  951.2M

AVR

AVENTINE RENEWABLE

 10.80

  1881846

 7.76-21.40

  453.4M

AVX

AVX Corporation

 13.25

  413700

 12.67-18.40

  2.272B

BEZ

BALDOR ELECTRIC CO

 27.66

  425601

 28.35-51.96

  1.269B

BLDP

BALLARD POWER SYSTEMS INC

 4.74

  816644

  4.16-6.94

  543.2M

CSIQ

CANADIAN SOLAR INC.

 21.64

  1891367

  6.50-31.44

  590.6M

CPST

CAPSTONE TURBINE
CORPORATION

 1.60

  3608357

  0.75-1.92

  232.8M

CBAK

CHINA BAK BATTERY INC.

 4.55

  299545

  4.24-13.78

  240.9M

COMV

COMVERGE

 28.70

  106773

 19.79-39.09

  560.4M

CREE

CREE INC

 24.82

  1809576

 15.27-34.87

  2.117B

ELON

ECHELON CORP

 17.42

  332124

  7.19-32.49

  708.8M

EMKR

EMCORE CORP

 12.83

  1793659

  3.84-15.90

  670.4M

ENER

ENERGY CONVERSION DEV

 27.58

  695258

 22.26-40.10

  1.103B

ENOC

ENERNOC INC.

 40.39

  113453

 29.09-50.50

  770.0M

ESLR

EVERGREEN SOLAR INC

 15.04

  4483584

  7.10-18.85

  1.525B

FCS

FAIRCHILD SEMICONDUCTOR INTL

 12.35

  1032600

 12.56-20.55

  1.537B

FSLR

FIRST SOLAR INC.

 221.00

  4565655

 27.54-283.00

 17.228B

FCEL

FUELCELL ENERGY INC

 9.24

  1188126

  5.84-13.14

  629.1M

GTI

GRAFTECH INTERNATIONAL LTD

 15.60

  1283877

  6.60-20.00

  1.600B

GB

GREATBATCH INC

 22.05

  426500

 18.52-34.96

  495.6M

HXL

HEXCEL CORP

 21.04

  773115

 16.20-27.91

  2.011B

HOKU

HOKU SCIENTIFIC

 10.77

  1355602

  2.54-14.88

  181.2M

IRF

INTL RECTIFIER CORP

 26.84

  953100

  26.56-44.36

  N/A

ITRI

ITRON INC

 88.34

  1099016

 54.86-112.92

  2.704B

IXYS

IXYS CORP

 6.22

  129229

  6.41-11.57

  200.3M

JASO

JA SOLAR HOLDINGS CO., LTD.

 72.98

  3212595

 16.17-76.50

  3.364B

LDK

LDK SOLAR CO. LTD.

 43.50

  1688799

 22.27-76.75

  4.613B

LLTC

LINEAR TECHNOLOGY CORP

 27.88

  7189963

 28.15-38.84

  6.231B

MXWL

MAXWELL TECHNOLOGIES INC

 8.53

  226476

  7.46-16.50

  173.9M

MDTL

MEDIS TECHNOLOGIES LTD

 9.73

  517794

  8.84-24.10

  326.5M

WFR

MEMC ELECTRONIC MATRIALS INC

 71.75

  5686820

 43.11-96.08

  16.439B

MBLX

METABOLIX INC.

 20.99

  142554

 15.25-29.76

  470.7M

MGPI

MGP INGREDIENTS INC.

 8.80

  223471

  6.01-23.59

  145.2M

MSCC

MICROSEMI CORP

 21.46

  1777393

 17.00-30.00

  1.659B

NBF

NOVA BIOSOURCE FUELS

 2.39

  129110

   2.05-4.40

  263.1M

OIIM

O2MICRO INTL LTD -ADR

 9.37

  525169

  7.06-18.00

  357.0M

ONNN

ON SEMICONDUCTOR CORP

 7.47

  7102425

  7.22-13.15

  2.183B

ORA

ORMAT TECHNOLOGIES INC

 51.97

  184380

 33.52-57.93

  2.157B

PEIX

PACIFIC ETHANOL INC

 6.94

  823944

  4.20-18.79

  281.8M

PLUG

PLUG POWER INC

 3.23

  698172

   2.42-4.75

  283.7M

POWI

POWER INTEGRATIONS

 26.42

  207246

 20.40-35.03

  782.4M

PWER

POWER-ONE INC

 2.85

  384170

  2.95-7.78

  248.9M

SPWR

SUNPOWER CORP

 108.68

  2315868

 38.82-164.49

  9.109B

STP

SUNTECH POWER HOLDINGS -ADR

 66.81

  4649552

 31.41-90.00

 10.168B

TSL

TRINA SOLAR LIMITED (ADR)

 42.14

  805385

 17.85-73.06

 1.051B

USBE

US BIOENERGY CORPORATION

 9.14

  352625

  6.20-16.10

 727.7M

VSE

VERASUN ENERGY CORP

 11.91

  1343466

  9.60-21.47

 1.106B

VRNM

VERENIUM CORPORATION

 4.12

  188569

  3.35-12.44

 259.9M

VICR

VICOR CORPORATION

 13.26

  146191

  8.78-15.84

 551.3M

YGE

YINGLI GREEN ENERGY

 34.57

  3052585

 10.48-41.50

 4.388B

ZOLT

ZOLTEK COS INC

 38.69

  785563

 20.46-51.77

 1.308B

 

Dr. Christensen is an expert in cleantech acquisition and investment and a consultant for REC Solar. She has over 15 years of experience in high-tech marketing and business development management. Most recently, she was Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at Akeena Solar Inc and prior to that, she founded and sold two companies. Dr. Christensen holds a Ph.D. in Marketing and Consumer Psychology from the University of London and Universite de Toulouse. She is also an active board member for whynotsolar.org and solarpowereducation.org.

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Isabelle Christensen is the founder of Green Ocean Ventures - a nonprofit specializing in micro loan for female entrepreneurs in developing countries.Isabelle is also responsible for development at a European Cell and Module Manufacturing company. She can be reached via linkedin for questions/inquiries on solar, eco-homes and energy access.

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