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Best Performing Renewable Energy Stocks of 2020

Updated Feb 14, 2020
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 2020 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 Feb 14, 2020, 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) Tesla Motors, Inc. (TSLA) 2) Ballard Power Systems, Inc. (BLDP) 3) Enphase Energy, Inc. (ENPH) 4) Sunrun Inc. (RUN) 5) Vivint Solar, Inc. (VSLR)
 6) Bloom Energy Corporation (BE) 7) DAQO New Energy Corp. (DQ) 8) Plug Power, Inc. (PLUG) 9) Livent Corporation (LTHM) 10) TerraForm Power, Inc. (TERP)

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Performance of Top Renewable Energy Stocks

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

Tesla Motors

Tesla, Inc., formerly Tesla Motors, Inc., incorporated on July 1, 2003, designs, develops, manufactures and sells fully electric vehicles, and energy storage systems, as well as installs, operates and maintains ... see Detailed Company Profile and Dividend History.
The California, CA-based Tesla Motors, Inc. (TSLA) belongs to the Capital Goods sector and is categorized as a Auto Manufacturing company. The stock of Tesla Motors ended the previous year at a price of $418.33 per share. As of Feb 14, 2020, the stock price has reached $800.03 apiece, which indicates a change of 91.24 percent making the company rank among the top performing stocks of the Renewable Energy for the year 2020 till date. At the end of the last year, company's market capitalization stood at $75.4 billion. It has now changed to $144.2 billion as of writing. Tesla Motors continues to be a leading constituent of many major stock market indexes like Wilshire 5000 index, NASDAQ 100 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.

Ballard Power

Ballard Power Systems Inc. engages in the design, development, manufacture, sale, and service of proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell products worldwide. The company provides motive power products ... see Detailed Company Profile and Dividend History.
Rank number two in the coveted list is held by Ballard Power Systems, Inc. (BLDP) for being among the top performing stocks of 2020. Headquartered in Canada, the Energy sector company is categorized under the industrial sub-sector of Industrial Machinery and Components. Since the start of the year 2020, stock of Ballard Power has so far gained 58.22 percentage, based on the previous year's closing price of $7.18 per share and year-to-date price of $11.36 per share. During the same period, the market capitalization of the company changed from $1.67 billion to $2.66 billion.

Enphase Energy

Enphase Energy, Inc., incorporated on March 20, 2006, is a provider of energy management solutions. The Company is engaged in designing, developing, manufacturing and selling microinverter systems for the solar ... see Detailed Company Profile and Dividend History.
The California, CA-based Technology sector company Enphase Energy, Inc. (ENPH) holds the three spot among the best performing stocks of the Renewable Energy sector. Classified as the Semiconductors business, the stock price of Enphase Energy ended the previous year at a price of $26.13 per share while it reached the level of $41.09 apiece as of Feb 14, 2020 translating to a percentage change in stock price of 57.25%. As of writing, the company's market-cap value stands at $5.03 billion. Few leading stock market index includes Enphase Energy in their constituent list. They include Wilshire 5000 index, Russell 2000 index, and a few other larger indexes which are part of the stock market.

Sunrun

Sunrun Inc., incorporated on June 20, 2008, is engaged in the design, development, installation, sale, ownership and maintenance of residential solar energy systems (Projects) in the United States. The Company ... see Detailed Company Profile and Dividend History.
During the given months of the year 2020, Sunrun Inc. (RUN) was successful in generating YTD returns of 55.1 percentage which helped it gain the number four spot in the list of the top performing stocks which generated maximum returns during year 2020 till date. As of December of the previous year, the stock of the California, CA-based Sunrun closed at a price of $13.81 per share, while it traded at a price of $21.42 per share as of Feb 14, 2020. The company's market cap changed from $1.63 billion to $2.53 billion during the same period YTD. It ranks as a key constituent of major indexes that include Wilshire 5000 index, Russell 2000 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators. The company is classified under the Capital Goods industry sector and further specialized as a Industrial Specialties sector business.

Vivint Solar

Vivint Solar, Inc., incorporated on August 12, 2011, offers distributed solar energy, electricity generated by a solar energy system installed at or near customers locations, to residential customers. Through investment ... see Detailed Company Profile and Dividend History.
The Utah, UT-headquartered company Vivint Solar, Inc. (VSLR) is ranked number five among the best performing stocks of Renewable Energy of 2020. The Capital Goods sector business falls under the Building Products industrial sub-sector. Since the start of the year 2020, the stock price of Vivint Solar has changed by 50.28 percent, which is calculated based on the previous year's closing price of $7.26 per share and year-to-date closing price of $10.91 per share as of writing. The market value of the company as indicated by its market-cap changed from $886.36 million to $1.33 billion during the same period. Along with Renewable Energy, the company is also in the business of Capital Goods, Building Products, Technology, Solar, among other usual products and services. Vivint Solar 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.

Bloom Energy

Bloom Energy Corporation designs, manufactures, and sells solid-oxide fuel cell systems. It offers Bloom Energy Server, a stationary power generation platform that converts standard low-pressure natural gas or ... see Detailed Company Profile and Dividend History.
Bloom Energy Corporation (BE) has moved by 43.24 percentage over the given period of 2020-YTD, helping it gain a place at number six among the top performing stocks. The Public Utilities sector company managed to achieve the feat as its stock price changed from $7.47 apiece to the price of $10.7 per share between the end of December of the previous year and Feb 14, 2020. The smart run of the Sunnyvale, CA-based Industrials sector company lead to a handsome gain in its marketcap which changed from $881.52 million to $1.26 billion over the same duration. Bloom Energy 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.

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 and Dividend History.
At number seven in the list of top stocks stands DAQO New Energy Corp. (DQ), which saw a change in its stock price from the level of $51.2 apiece during previous year December end to the price of $72.56 per share as of Feb 14, 2020. It translates to a change of 41.72 percentage. The China-headquartered Technology sector company also saw its market value change from $680 million to $963.68 million.

Plug Power

Plug Power Inc., incorporated on August 13, 1999, is a provider of alternative energy technology focused on the design, development, commercialization and manufacture of hydrogen fuel cell systems used for ... see Detailed Company Profile and Dividend History.
Based on the market-cap change from $922.13 million to $1.29 billion during the given months of the year 2020 and the share price change from $3.16 per share to a price of $4.41 per share as of Feb 14, 2020, Plug Power, Inc. (PLUG) was successful in generating YTD returns of 39.56 percentage. Standing at the number eight rank in the top performing list of Renewable Energy stocks, the New York, NY-based Plug Power is categorized as the Industrial Machinery and Components sub-sector business which falls under the larger Energy sector. It is also a part of few famous stock indexes that are used to track the overall performance of the stock market. They include Wilshire 5000 index, Russell 2000 index, and a few more broader-level indexes that are actively tracked in the market.

Livent

Livent Corporation manufactures and sells performance lithium compounds that are used primarily in energy storage, specialty polymers, and chemical synthesis application. The company offers lithium compounds fo ... see Detailed Company Profile and Dividend History.
Livent (LTHM) generated percentage returns of 34.39 percent during the 2020 year-to-date. Its returns are based on the share price which moved from $8.55 per share from the previous year-end to the price of $11.49 per share as of Feb 14, 2020. The company's value, as indicated by the market-cap figure, changed from $1.25 billion to $1.68 billion during the same period.
The company is categorized as a Basic Materials speciality business with further classification in the Basic Materials sub-category. Based in Philadelphia, 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.

TerraForm Power

TerraForm Power, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, owns and operates clean power generation assets. As of December 31, 2017, its portfolio consisted of solar and wind projects located in the Unite ... see Detailed Company Profile and Dividend History.
The number ten spot in the list of top performing stocks of the Renewable Energy sector is taken by TerraForm Power, Inc. (TERP). The company's stock price changed from $15.39 per share at the end of December of the previous year to the price of $20.56 per share as of writing. Overall, the stock managed to realized price change of 33.59 percent during the given time period. The corresponding change in the market capitalization value of the Maryland, MD-based Public Utilities sector company was from $3.49 billion to $4.72 billion. 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, Russell 2000 index, and a handful of other multi-capitalization indexes.
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