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Cleantech Stocks are Following Technology’s Downward Spiral

Declines in the Nasdaq are capturing headlines and cleantech composite indexes appear to be following suit. Despite being a top performer over the past two years, cleantech is being dragged down with the rest of the market. In 2013 the cleantech index was up 58 percent but there were plenty of stocks that doubled and even tripled. Technology stocks have taken a big hit over the course of the last few weeks and this is directly impacted cleantech stock performance. Technology is one of the biggest drivers of sustainability. While cutting-edge green technologies have the potential to improve quality of...

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SunPower Stock Price and Short History

A bit of history on SunPower (SPWRA) stock price. The company was founded in 1985, and it went public in 2006 with stock prices values at around $25.00 per share, by the end of 2007 SPWRA was valued at almost $150.00. Then it declined over the next five years to bottom out at a value of around $5.00 in 2012. In 2013 it began to climb to its current price of $31.67 (March 16, 2014). In February 2010 Sunpower acquired SunRay Renewable Energy, a leading European solar power plant developer with offices in Europe and the Middle East, including a...

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Alternative Energy Stocks and Risk Mitigation

Good investing strategies are dependent on proper risk assessment. Climate change constitutes a significant economic risk.Alternative energy stocks are part of wider market trends. The Dow hitting an all time high of 15,000 in May bodes well for alternative energy stocks in the second half of 2013. The strong stock performance at the beginning of the year is also a good predictor of stock performance for the rest of the year (historically, the performance of the stock market in January is a good predictor of the market for the year). Although there are some contradictory reports, overall an increasing number...

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10 Clean Energy Stocks for 2013 from AltEnergy Stocks

Here are excerpts from an  article that was originally published on AltEnergy Stocks. It included a list of 10 clean energy stocks for 2013, along with their price as of the close on December 28th:  1. Waterfurnace Renewable Energy (TSX: WFI / OTC: WFIFF) Waterfurnace has appeared in my annual picks several times over the years because they are a pure-play leader in geothermal heat pumps, which the US EPA calls "the most efficient way to heat and cool a building." Heat pumps have a high up-front cost, and so they benefit from low interest rates and a high price...

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Stock Exchanges Increasingly Recommending Sustainability Reporting

A growing number of stock exchanges around the world are recommending sustainability reporting. A number of diverse groups support sustainability reporting including the Rio+20 (negotiating text) and the U.N. (secretary general’s High Level Panel on Global Sustainability). The Brazilian stock exchange (BM&FBOVESPA), also recommends that its listed companies either publish sustainability reports or explain why they do not. The initiative is intended to create a public database of reporting which was made available at Rio+20. BM&FBOVESPA says it was the second exchange in the world and the first in the Americas to use the GRI sustainability reporting model in its own...

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Alternative Energy Stocks After Obama’s Election Victory

After the election of Obama, many believed that we would see a surge in alternative energy stock prices, but this did not happen. As reviewed in a Renewable Energy World article “of the approximately 250 alternative energy companies that the Roen Financial Report tracks, only 21 companies, or less than 9%, were gainers. In other words, losers beat gainers by a 10:1 ratio! On average, alternative energy companies were down 5.8%, with 35 companies showing double-digit losses for the week. Of the 21 gainers, fully half were volatile penny stocks with market caps less than $100 million, so those gains...

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Environmental Comportment Impacts Stock Valuations

According to a Deloitte report, information about a company's environmental conduct directly impacts its market value. The report from is titled, “Drivers of Long-Term Business Value: Stakeholders, Stats and Strategy.” The research drew on an MIT study of US publicly traded companies from 1980 to 2009. The 30 years of data reviewed in the study showed that stock prices dropped an average of 0.65 percent within a two-day window following the release of negative environmental news. The risks from bad news appear to be greater than the benefits of good news. As reviewed in the study, investors tended to react...

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Top 12 Green Private Equity Firms

Green private equity is a vital funding mechanism that helps entrepreneurs and companies secure sustainable venture capital. Capital for private equity is raised from retail and institutional investors, and can be used to fund new technologies, expand working capital within an owned company, make acquisitions, or to strengthen a balance sheet. The majority of private equity consists of institutional investors and accredited investors who can commit large sums of money for long periods of time. Private equity investments often demand long holding periods to allow for a turnaround of a distressed company or a liquidity event such as an IPO...

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Mandatory Emissions Reporting on the UK Stock Exchange

Starting in 2013, UK companies will have to report their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. At the Rio+20 conference in Rio, UK Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg announced that starting next April, companies that are listed on the London Stock Exchange will be required to publish their GHG emissions in corporate earnings reports. The rule affects about 1.800 businesses and in 2015, it will apply to all 24.000 large corporations based in the UK. Companies will be required to publish annual GHG emissions, measured in tons of carbon dioxide equivalent. “While nine out of 10 chief executives say sustainability is fundamental...

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GEO 5 Report on Water, Marine Pollution and Fish Stocks

The fifth edition of the Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-5) was published on June 6, 2012. This United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report indicates there are major issues related to water, marine pollution and fish stocks Water Of the 30 environmental goals examined in relation to water, only one goal – that of increasing access to clean drinking water – shows significant progress. But less progress has been made in rural areas, especially in Africa and the Pacific. Despite some improvements, water quality remains the largest cause of human health problems worldwide. At the same time, climate change and further population growth are likely to result in...

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