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Best Performing Renewable Energy Stocks of 2020

Updated Dec 31, 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 Dec 31, 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) NIO Inc. (NIO) 2) Plug Power, Inc. (PLUG) 3) Tesla Motors, Inc. (TSLA) 4) Enphase Energy, Inc. (ENPH) 5) Vivint Solar, Inc. (VSLR)
 6) Sunrun Inc. (RUN) 7) Bloom Energy Corporation (BE) 8) SolarEdge Technologies, Inc. (SEDG) 9) SunPower Corporation (SPWR) 10) Ballard Power Systems, Inc. (BLDP)

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

NIO

NIO Inc. designs, manufactures, and sells electric vehicles in the People's Republic of China, the United States, Germany, and the United Kingdom. The company is also involved in the manufacture of e-powertrain ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of NIO.
The Shanghai, -headquartered company NIO Inc. (NIO) is ranked number one among the best performing stocks of Renewable Energy of 2020. The Consumer Cyclical sector business falls under the Consumer Cyclical industrial sub-sector. Since the start of the year 2020, the stock price of NIO has changed by 1111.44 percent, which is calculated based on the previous year's closing price of $4.02 per share and year-to-date closing price of $48.7 per share as of writing. The market value of the company as indicated by its market-cap changed from $4.22 billion to $75.92 billion during the same period. Along with Renewable Energy, the company is also in the business of Consumer Cyclical, Auto Manufacturers, among other usual products and services.

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, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Plug Power.
During the given months of the year 2020, Plug Power, Inc. (PLUG) was successful in generating YTD returns of 973.1 percentage which helped it gain the number two 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 New York, NY-based Plug Power closed at a price of $3.16 per share, while it traded at a price of $33.91 per share as of Dec 31, 2020. The company's market cap changed from $922.13 million to $14.09 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 Energy industry sector and further specialized as a Industrial Machinery and Components sector business.

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, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Tesla Motors.
Based on the market-cap change from $75.4 billion to $668.91 billion during the given months of the year 2020 and the share price change from $86.05 per share to a price of $705.67 per share as of Dec 31, 2020, Tesla Motors, Inc. (TSLA) was successful in generating YTD returns of 720.07 percentage. Standing at the number three rank in the top performing list of Renewable Energy stocks, the California, CA-based Tesla Motors is categorized as the Auto Manufacturing sub-sector business which falls under the larger Capital Goods 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 NASDAQ 100 index, Wilshire 5000 index, S&P 500 index, and a few more broader-level indexes that are actively tracked in the market.

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, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Enphase Energy.
Rank number four in the coveted list is held by Enphase Energy, Inc. (ENPH) for being among the top performing stocks of 2020. Headquartered in California, CA, the Technology sector company is categorized under the industrial sub-sector of Semiconductors. Since the start of the year 2020, stock of Enphase Energy has so far gained 571.53 percentage, based on the previous year's closing price of $26.13 per share and year-to-date price of $175.47 per share. During the same period, the market capitalization of the company changed from $3.2 billion to $22.17 billion. The stock of Enphase Energy 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.

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, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Vivint Solar.
The Utah, UT-based Vivint Solar, Inc. (VSLR) belongs to the Capital Goods sector and is categorized as a Building Products company. The stock of Vivint Solar ended the previous year at a price of $7.26 per share. As of Dec 31, 2020, the stock price has reached $43.08 apiece, which indicates a change of 493.39 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 $886.36 million. It has now changed to $5.42 billion as of writing. Vivint Solar 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.

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, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Sunrun.
At number six in the list of top stocks stands Sunrun Inc. (RUN), which saw a change in its stock price from the level of $13.81 apiece during previous year December end to the price of $69.38 per share as of Dec 31, 2020. It translates to a change of 402.39 percentage. The California, CA-headquartered Capital Goods sector company also saw its market value change from $1.63 billion to $13.71 billion. The Industrial Specialties 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.

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, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Bloom Energy.
Bloom Energy Corporation (BE) has moved by 283.67 percentage over the given period of 2020-YTD, helping it gain a place at number seven 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 $28.66 per share between the end of December of the previous year and Dec 31, 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 $4.76 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.

SolarEdge

SolarEdge Technologies, Inc., incorporated on August 7, 2006, offers an inverter solution for a solar photovoltaic (PV) system. The Companys products include SolarEdge Power Optimizer, SolarEdge Inverter, StorEdge Solutions and ... see Detailed Company Profile, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of SolarEdge.
The Israel-based Technology sector company SolarEdge Technologies, Inc. (SEDG) holds the number eight spot among the best performing stocks of the Renewable Energy sector. Classified as the Semiconductors business, the stock price of SolarEdge ended the previous year at a price of $95.09 per share while it reached the level of $319.12 apiece as of Dec 31, 2020 translating to a percentage change in stock price of 235.6%. As of writing, the company's market-cap value stands at $16.34 billion. Few leading stock market index includes SolarEdge in their constituent list. They include Wilshire 5000 index, and a few other larger indexes which are part of the stock market.

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 number nine spot in the list of top performing stocks of the Renewable Energy sector is taken by SunPower Corporation (SPWR). The company's stock price changed from $7.8 per share at the end of December of the previous year to the price of $25.64 per share as of writing. Overall, the stock managed to realized price change of 228.72 percent during the given time period. The corresponding change in the market capitalization value of the California, CA-based Technology sector company was from $1.31 billion to $4.36 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.

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, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Ballard Power.
Ballard Power (BLDP) generated percentage returns of 225.91 percent during the 2020 year-to-date. Its returns are based on the share price which moved from $7.18 per share from the previous year-end to the price of $23.4 per share as of Dec 31, 2020. The company's value, as indicated by the market-cap figure, changed from $1.67 billion to $6.55 billion during the same period.
The company is categorized as a Energy speciality business with further classification in the Industrial Machinery and Components sub-category. Based in Canada, 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.
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