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Best Performing Renewable Energy Stocks of 2020

Updated Aug 5, 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 Aug 5, 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) Vivint Solar, Inc. (VSLR) 3) NIO Inc. (NIO) 4) Sunrun Inc. (RUN) 5) Plug Power, Inc. (PLUG)
 6) Enphase Energy, Inc. (ENPH) 7) DAQO New Energy Corp. (DQ) 8) SolarEdge Technologies, Inc. (SEDG) 9) Ballard Power Systems, Inc. (BLDP) 10) Bloom Energy Corporation (BE)

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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, full Dividend History, and List of ETFs holding the stock of Tesla Motors.
The California, CA-headquartered company Tesla Motors, Inc. (TSLA) is ranked number one among the best performing stocks of Renewable Energy of 2020. The Capital Goods sector business falls under the Auto Manufacturing industrial sub-sector. Since the start of the year 2020, the stock price of Tesla Motors has changed by 254.99 percent, which is calculated based on the previous year's closing price of $418.33 per share and year-to-date closing price of $1485.02 per share as of writing. The market value of the company as indicated by its market-cap changed from $75.4 billion to $276.75 billion during the same period. Along with Renewable Energy, the company is also in the business of Capital Goods, Auto Manufacturing, Consumer Cyclical, Auto Manufacturers, NASDAQ, among other usual products and services. Tesla Motors continues to be a leading constituent of many major stock market indexes like NASDAQ 100 index, Wilshire 5000 index, and a few other larger indexes which are part of the stock market.

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.
During the given months of the year 2020, Vivint Solar, Inc. (VSLR) was successful in generating YTD returns of 252.2 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 Utah, UT-based Vivint Solar closed at a price of $7.26 per share, while it traded at a price of $25.57 per share as of Aug 5, 2020. The company's market cap changed from $886.36 million to $3.21 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 Building Products sector business.

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.
Based on the market-cap change from $4.22 billion to $16.49 billion during the given months of the year 2020 and the share price change from $4.02 per share to a price of $13.92 per share as of Aug 5, 2020, NIO Inc. (NIO) was successful in generating YTD returns of 246.27 percentage. Standing at the number three rank in the top performing list of Renewable Energy stocks, the Shanghai, -based NIO is categorized as the Consumer Cyclical sub-sector business which falls under the larger Consumer Cyclical sector.

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.
Rank number four in the coveted list is held by Sunrun Inc. (RUN) for being among the top performing stocks of 2020. Headquartered in California, CA, the Capital Goods sector company is categorized under the industrial sub-sector of Industrial Specialties. Since the start of the year 2020, stock of Sunrun has so far gained 235.99 percentage, based on the previous year's closing price of $13.81 per share and year-to-date price of $46.4 per share. During the same period, the market capitalization of the company changed from $1.63 billion to $5.68 billion. The stock of Sunrun continues to be a major constituent of many leading stock indexes which include Wilshire 5000 index, Russell 2000 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.

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.
The New York, NY-based Plug Power, Inc. (PLUG) belongs to the Energy sector and is categorized as a Industrial Machinery and Components company. The stock of Plug Power ended the previous year at a price of $3.16 per share. As of Aug 5, 2020, the stock price has reached $9.33 apiece, which indicates a change of 195.25 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 $922.13 million. It has now changed to $3.1 billion as of writing. Plug Power 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.

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.
At number six in the list of top stocks stands Enphase Energy, Inc. (ENPH), which saw a change in its stock price from the level of $26.13 apiece during previous year December end to the price of $74.99 per share as of Aug 5, 2020. It translates to a change of 186.99 percentage. The California, CA-headquartered Technology sector company also saw its market value change from $3.2 billion to $9.39 billion. The Semiconductors 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.

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.
DAQO New Energy Corp. (DQ) has moved by 143.46 percentage over the given period of 2020-YTD, helping it gain a place at number seven among the top performing stocks. The Technology sector company managed to achieve the feat as its stock price changed from $51.2 apiece to the price of $124.65 per share between the end of December of the previous year and Aug 5, 2020. The smart run of the China-based Semiconductors sector company lead to a handsome gain in its marketcap which changed from $680 million to $1.73 billion over the same duration.

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 $216.06 apiece as of Aug 5, 2020 translating to a percentage change in stock price of 127.22%. As of writing, the company's market-cap value stands at $10.72 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.

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.
The number nine spot in the list of top performing stocks of the Renewable Energy sector is taken by Ballard Power Systems, Inc. (BLDP). The company's stock price changed from $7.18 per share at the end of December of the previous year to the price of $15.16 per share as of writing. Overall, the stock managed to realized price change of 111.14 percent during the given time period. The corresponding change in the market capitalization value of the Canada-based Energy sector company was from $1.67 billion to $3.68 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.

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 (BE) generated percentage returns of 87.55 percent during the 2020 year-to-date. Its returns are based on the share price which moved from $7.47 per share from the previous year-end to the price of $14.01 per share as of Aug 5, 2020. The company's value, as indicated by the market-cap figure, changed from $881.52 million to $1.75 billion during the same period.
The company is categorized as a Public Utilities speciality business with further classification in the Industrials sub-category. Based in Sunnyvale, CA, 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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