Wind Energy Stocks

Sharon asks…

Stock Investment Help?

I have a few questions.

What are good solar and wind mutual funds
What are good wind stocks
What are good mining and precious metal mutual funds
What are good stocks in general

thanks

Windmill Farms answers:

There are several ETFs (Exchange traded funds which offer lower costs than some mutuals) which meet your requirements:
PowerShares WilderHill (PBW)
PowerShares WilderHill Progressive Energy (PUW)
PowerShares Cleantech (PZD)
First Trust NASDAQ Clean Edge US Liquid Series (QCLN)

Some mutual funds:

New Alternatives Fund (NAFLX)- A Mutual Fund Investing in alternative energy. Http://www.newalternativesfund.com

Guinness Atkinson Alternative Energy (GAAEX) http://www.gafunds.com/

A single leading stock in solar power: First Solar, (FSLR) they use a cutting edge thin film process and have several new plants worldwide.

Carol asks…

what do you think of utility stocks as an investment?

I know these stocks are interest rate sensitive. I also wonder what solar
power and other alternate types of energy will do to utilities. the last
couple of years utility use has declined 1-2 per cent.
thank you.

Windmill Farms answers:

Utilities used to be simple income stocks. Now there is more complexity.

Large scale solar and wind are a marginal negative, but a lot of these projects have issues feeding into the power grid.

Coal fired generation is pretty much screwed under current hostile regulation.

Home solar is a pretty big negative if it scales up. Permanent demand destruction.

I’m starting to look at:

- water utilities
- smart metering
- technology to upgrade the overall power grid

John asks…

Alternative Energies – Success Stories?

Want to know of some success stories in the field of alternatives to conventional forms of energy especially petroleum. Is it a lot of wind and gas or are there genuine stories of success ?

Windmill Farms answers:

Hey Vsssarma, Gourdman has one excellent example of an alternative energy success story. There are literally thousands more of them. Let me tell you one, then give you some suggestions on where you can find the rest.

About 10 years ago we decided to convert our home over to wind and solar power. It was a very steep learning curve at first, mainly because the builders and electricians I spoke with kept throwing around phrases like, “Solar doesn’t really work.” and, “Wind energy is a farce.” I later realized that they simply have a way they like to do business, and I was trying to upset the apple cart. It was hard at that time to find people who knew much about it. We plowed ahead anyway. Now our home has a solar array that fits nicely on our one car carport roof, and wind turbine on a tower in the field behind the garage, a solar water preheater next to the house, some passive solar skylights, and a woodstove. Over the last 3 years, our electric bill has averaged less than $5 per month. In two instances last year alone, the power was out in our county for about half a day each time. In both cases, we were not aware of it until watching the news that night. It’s difficult to put a price on something like that. Yet almost daily I have people talk to me about our system and ask me, “What’s the payback?” I can’t really give them an answer that satisfies them, other than for almost 10 years now, our home has not been without power for even a minute, and the coal fired power plant 32 miles from our home does not belch any pollutants in the air to run my shop vac.

As far as money, it will probably take 10 to 15 years to get my investment in equipment back in the form of savings on our energy bills. A stock broker might disagree with our investment practices, but we are okay with them as they are.

There is an excellent periodical on the subject that doesn’t cost much to subscribe to, it’s called Home Power Magazine. You can get it online as well as through the mail. Each issue chronicles several home owners stories about their adventure into wood heat, solar electricity, building electric cars from scratch, then charging them with a wind turbine, and so on. Our home was even featured in it once for some unusual work we had done researching the wind and solar resources we have here, the article is called, “Starting Small.” You can also check websites for some groups I have listed below as well. Happy reading, and take care, Rudydoo

George asks…

what are the best stock picking websites?

Windmill Farms answers:

Invest in A-Power Energy Generation System (APWR) stock is a great place to invest because the stock it blow 200 day average so in the short term(1month-1year) it will increase really fast when it in the market earning again.in short_term (1month-1year) you will earn 1-2 time the amount that you put in. And also a big news on APWR today is “USW Signs Landmark Agreements with Leading Power Generation Companies in China” http://research.scottrade.com/public/sto… so the stock will increase really fast. So quickly invest in the stock are now before it going up again.in a long-term you return it will be 15-20 time which it 5-10 years. The company is the biggest owner of wind turbine in china and the company is expending to other area such as U.S, Europe, and many more countries. The companies is expend their wind turbine to many different area the stock average return a year is about 20% but with right now the we are on the way to getting out of recession the average return is about 50%-120% a year.

Susan asks…

When will solar stocks soar? Is 2010 the year for profits?

Windmill Farms answers:

According to those in the industry 2009 and 2010 are the years that solar power stocks boom. But it is not only solar power stocks that are set to boom shortly, wind power stocks are also set to soar.

Renewable energy stocks in general are all going to be in positive ground in the next 12 months as people and companies rush to become more energy efficient and beat the emission trading scheme that the government is sent to launch.

I have invested in some of the wind power stocks listed here: http://www.residential-wind-power.com/2009/09/wind-energy-stocks-%e2%80%93-the-best-3-wind-energy-stocks-to-buy/ and am seeing some fantastic gains in my stock portfolio.

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