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Best Performing Renewable Energy Stocks of 2021

Updated Apr 1, 2021
Renewable energy is the form of power source which is available in nature in abundance, and does not get depleted when used. Most common examples of such forms of energy sources include solar energy which can be used every day to power photovoltaic-cell based batteries, or wind energy which can be banked upon using wind-mills to generate electricity, or even tidal (wave) energy, which can be used in similar fashion of a wind-mill to rotate the turbines to generate power. All these forms of available energies are called renewable, as despite regular use they are available day-after-day depending upon the seasonal effects.
A large number of companies across the globe are in the business of generating energy and power through such renewable energy sources. Lot of leading renewable energy companies have their shares listed on the U.S. stock exchanges. Investors have got a wide variety of choice to make investments in such companies and benefit from any capital appreciation that can be realized from such renewable energy stocks, or get regular income in the form of dividend payments, if any. Though one must remember that returns are uncertain, and subject to all kinds of market and systematic risks.
Among the various Renewable Energy sector companies whose stocks are listed on stock exchanges, which ones generated the top returns this year? Which of those figured among the winners in the long list of Renewable Energy stocks?
This article provides a list of Renewable Energy stocks which have generated top returns in the year 2021 so far till date of writing. The list is prepared based on the percentage returns generated by the individual Renewable Energy stocks between the end of the previous year and Apr 1, 2021, and the top 10 return generating Renewable Energy stocks are listed below.

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Top Renewable Energy Stocks With Highest Returns

The following list presents stocks of the companies which belong to the broader Renewable Energy sector or the stock market index, their corresponding prices as of given date, and the percentage gains realized:
 1) Green Plains, Inc. (GPRE) 2) Acuity Brands Inc (AYI) 3) DAQO New Energy Corp. (DQ) 4) ON Semiconductor Corporation (ON) 5) SunPower Corporation (SPWR)
 6) Veeco Instruments Inc. (VECO) 7) Advanced Energy Industries, Inc. (AEIS) 8) Hexcel Corporation (HXL) 9) Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. (OPTT) 10) Enersys (ENS)

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Here's a look at the basic details and how the above mentioned stocks fared during the period:

Green Plains

Green Plains Inc. produces, markets, and distributes ethanol in the United States and internationally. The company operates in four segments: Ethanol Production; Agribusiness and Energy Services; Food ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Green Plains.
The Nebraska, NE-headquartered company Green Plains, Inc. (GPRE) is ranked number one among the best performing stocks of Renewable Energy of 2021. The Basic Industries sector business falls under the Major Chemicals industrial sub-sector. Since the start of the year 2021, the stock price of Green Plains has changed by 136.14 percent, which is calculated based on the previous year's closing price of $13.17 per share and year-to-date closing price of $31.1 per share as of writing. The market value of the company as indicated by its market-cap changed from $469.62 million to $1.39 billion during the same period. Along with Renewable Energy, the company is also in the business of Basic Industries, Major Chemicals, Basic Materials, Specialty Chemicals, Biofuels, Wilshire 5000, Russell 2000, among other usual products and services. Green Plains continues to be a leading constituent of many major stock market indexes like Wilshire 5000 index, Russell 2000 index, and a few other larger indexes which are part of the stock market.

Acuity Brands

Acuity Brands, Inc., incorporated on September 20, 2007, is a provider of lighting solutions for commercial, institutional, industrial, infrastructure and residential applications throughout North America and other international markets. The ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Acuity Brands.
During the given months of the year 2021, Acuity Brands Inc (AYI) was successful in generating YTD returns of 39.48 percentage which helped it gain the number two spot in the list of the top performing stocks which generated maximum returns during year 2021 till date. As of December of the previous year, the stock of the Atlanta, Georgia-based Acuity Brands closed at a price of $121.09 per share, while it traded at a price of $168.9 per share as of Apr 1, 2021. The company's market cap changed from $4.46 billion to $6.03 billion during the same period YTD. It ranks as a key constituent of major indexes that include Wilshire 5000 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators. The company is classified under the Consumer Durables industry sector and further specialized as a Building Products sector business.

DAQO New Energy

Daqo New Energy Corp., incorporated on November 22, 2007, is a polysilicon manufacturer. The Company utilizes the chemical vapor deposition process, or the modified Siemens process, to produce polysilicon. The ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of DAQO New Energy.
Based on the market-cap change from $3.99 billion to $5.22 billion during the given months of the year 2021 and the share price change from $57.36 per share to a price of $75.19 per share as of Apr 1, 2021, DAQO New Energy Corp. (DQ) was successful in generating YTD returns of 31.08 percentage. Standing at the number three rank in the top performing list of Renewable Energy stocks, the China-based DAQO New Energy is categorized as the Semiconductors sub-sector business which falls under the larger Technology sector.

ON Semiconductor

ON Semiconductor Corporation, incorporated on June 22, 2000, offers a portfolio of sensors, power management, connectivity, custom and system on chip (SoC), analog, logic, timing, and discrete devices. The Companys ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of ON Semiconductor.
Rank number four in the coveted list is held by ON Semiconductor Corporation (ON) for being among the top performing stocks of 2021. Headquartered in Arizona, AZ, the Technology sector company is categorized under the industrial sub-sector of Semiconductors. Since the start of the year 2021, stock of ON Semiconductor has so far gained 31.04 percentage, based on the previous year's closing price of $32.73 per share and year-to-date price of $42.89 per share. During the same period, the market capitalization of the company changed from $13.46 billion to $17.67 billion. The stock of ON Semiconductor continues to be a major constituent of many leading stock indexes which include Wilshire 5000 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.

SunPower

SunPower Corporation, incorporated on May 25, 2004, is a global energy company. The Company delivers complete solar solutions to residential, commercial, and power plant customers. The Companys segments include Residential ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of SunPower.
The California, CA-based SunPower Corporation (SPWR) belongs to the Technology sector and is categorized as a Semiconductors company. The stock of SunPower ended the previous year at a price of $25.64 per share. As of Apr 1, 2021, the stock price has reached $33.24 apiece, which indicates a change of 29.64 percent making the company rank among the top performing stocks of the Renewable Energy for the year 2021 till date. At the end of the last year, company's market capitalization stood at $4.36 billion. It has now changed to $5.67 billion as of writing. SunPower continues to be a leading constituent of many major stock market indexes like Wilshire 5000 index, Russell 2000 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.

Veeco Instruments

Veeco Instruments Inc., incorporated on August 8, 1989, is engaged in the design, development, manufacture, and support of thin film process equipment, primarily sold to make electronic devices. The Companys ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Veeco Instruments.
At number six in the list of top stocks stands Veeco Instruments Inc. (VECO), which saw a change in its stock price from the level of $17.36 apiece during previous year December end to the price of $21.59 per share as of Apr 1, 2021. It translates to a change of 24.37 percentage. The New York, NY-headquartered Technology sector company also saw its market value change from $861.27 million to $1.07 billion. The Industrial Machinery and Components specialist also managed to outperform some of the major stock market indexes of which it is a part of. They include the Wilshire 5000 index, Russell 2000 index, and a handful of other multi-capitalization indexes.

Advanced Energy Industries

Advanced Energy Industries, Inc., incorporated on September 1, 1995, is a provider of engineered, precision power conversion, measurement and control solutions. The Company is engaged in designing, manufacturing, selling and ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Advanced Energy Industries.
Advanced Energy Industries, Inc. (AEIS) has moved by 20.35 percentage over the given period of 2021-YTD, helping it gain a place at number seven among the top performing stocks. The Capital Goods sector company managed to achieve the feat as its stock price changed from $96.97 apiece to the price of $116.7 per share between the end of December of the previous year and Apr 1, 2021. The smart run of the Colorado, CO-based Industrial Machinery and Components sector company lead to a handsome gain in its marketcap which changed from $3.71 billion to $4.48 billion over the same duration. Advanced Energy Industries is a key member of many popular stock market indexes. They include Wilshire 5000 index, Russell 2000 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.

Hexcel

Hexcel Corporation, incorporated on March 2, 1983, is a composites company. The Company develops, manufactures, and markets lightweight, structural materials, including carbon fibers, specialty reinforcements, prepregs and other fiber-reinforced matrix ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Hexcel.
The Stamford, Connecticut-based Basic Industries sector company Hexcel Corporation (HXL) holds the number eight spot among the best performing stocks of the Renewable Energy sector. Classified as the Major Chemicals business, the stock price of Hexcel ended the previous year at a price of $48.49 per share while it reached the level of $56.36 apiece as of Apr 1, 2021 translating to a percentage change in stock price of 16.23%. As of writing, the company's market-cap value stands at $4.72 billion. Few leading stock market index includes Hexcel in their constituent list. They include Wilshire 5000 index, and a few other larger indexes which are part of the stock market.

Ocean Power

Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. develops and commercializes proprietary systems that generate electricity by harnessing the renewable energy of ocean waves primarily in North America, South America, Europe, Aust ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Ocean Power.
The number nine spot in the list of top performing stocks of the Renewable Energy sector is taken by Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. (OPTT). The company's stock price changed from $2.69 per share at the end of December of the previous year to the price of $3.1 per share as of writing. Overall, the stock managed to realized price change of 15.24 percent during the given time period. The corresponding change in the market capitalization value of the Monroe Township, NJ-based Industrials sector company was from $76.59 million to $158.06 million. Being ranked in the top 10 best performing stocks of the Renewable Energy sector, the company also succeeded in outperforming the returns generated by some of the popular stock market indexes. They include the Wilshire 5000 index, and a handful of other multi-capitalization indexes.

Enersys

EnerSys, incorporated on October 13, 2000, is a manufacturer, marketer and distributor of industrial batteries. The Company manufactures, markets and distributes related products, such as chargers, power equipment, outdoor cabinet ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Enersys.
Enersys (ENS) generated percentage returns of 12.88 percent during the 2021 year-to-date. Its returns are based on the share price which moved from $83.06 per share from the previous year-end to the price of $93.76 per share as of Apr 1, 2021. The company's value, as indicated by the market-cap figure, changed from $3.54 billion to $4 billion during the same period.
The company is categorized as a Consumer Non-Durables speciality business with further classification in the Telecommunications Equipment sub-category. Based in Pennsylvania, PA, the YTD performance of the Renewable Energy sector also fared better than that of the returns generated by some of the closley tracked stock market indexes. The company is a part of Wilshire 5000 index, Russell 2000 index, and a few other wider multi-cap stock market indexes.
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