4 Reasons to Invest in Renewable Energy Stocks

The renewable energy industry has been one of the up-and-coming industries for most of this century. Solar and wind grew rapidly to start the century as subsidies grew around the world, but that didn’t lead to a lot of financial success for investors.

In 2021 the industry is starting to stand on its own. Manufacturers have built competitive advantages, companies are differentiating themselves with technology, and financing has matured as well. Given all of the changes in energy over the last 20 years, here are the four biggest reasons I’m bullish on renewable energy stocks. Continue reading “4 Reasons to Invest in Renewable Energy Stocks”

Canada’s Forest Sector Welcomes Federal Investments That Pave the Way to a Net-Zero Future

Canada’s Forest Sector

Earlier today, Canada’s Minister for Natural Resources, the Honourable Seamus O’Regan, launched a call for proposals under the Investments in Forest Industry Transformation (IFIT) program. Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) welcomes these federal investments to help advance Canada’s forest sector bio-economy and low-emission energy future, while creating and maintaining jobs in communities across the country.

Canada’s forest sector has made significant investments in technologies to reduce wood waste, pursue opportunities for next-generation bio-refinery capabilities, and to develop new bioproducts. Industry and government investments in research and innovation such as the IFIT program have led to a multitude of new bioproducts that displace more carbon intensive materials, reduce emissions, and create jobs – including the recent development of the world’s first biodegradable mask by Canadian researchers at FPInnovations – made from Canadian wood fibre. Continue reading “Canada’s Forest Sector Welcomes Federal Investments That Pave the Way to a Net-Zero Future”

Venture Capital Investment In Brazil Reaches $5.2 Billion During H1 2021

Brazilian startups attracted record levels of investment as the ecosystem matures with international funds rushing to seize opportunities in the Latin American country, according to research.

During the first six months of 2021, a total of $5.2 billion was invested in startups based in Brazil, according to numbers released by open innovation network Distrito. By comparison, the total invested in the whole of 2020 – which was considered to be the best year on record for the ecosystem until recently – reached $3.5 billion.

“The success stories and constant unicorn announcements in Brazil are attracting the attention of foreign investors and that feeds back into the market,” says Gustavo Gierun, co-founder at Distrito. While 64% of the deals were concentrated in early-stage rounds, with 234 such investments announced in the first half of 2021, later-stage deals represented the bulk of the invested volume in the first six months of the year. Continue reading “Venture Capital Investment In Brazil Reaches $5.2 Billion During H1 2021”

Save on tax and save the planet: put some money in forestry

In turbulent political and economic times, many investors are attracted to physical, tangible assets that promise some sort of protection against inflation, upheaval in the financial system, or political change (or often, all three at once). Gold is one such “real asset”; property is another. But while most of us probably have some exposure to property, and many readers will already own gold, there’s one “real” asset you perhaps haven’t considered forestry. Investing in woodland might sound like a hassle (it can be), or only for those who are aiming to pass their wealth to the next generation (it certainly has its uses on that front). But if you are looking to diversify your portfolio and plan to invest for the long run, it’s an asset class that you shouldn’t ignore.

Woodland covers around 13% of the UK, according to government statistics the best part of 3.2 million hectares. It’s also attracting growing interest from institutional investors. These include the Church Commissioners, which manages the Church of England’s investments, and has on its behalf built a portfolio of forestry worth around £250m. Forestry can provide both long-term income and capital growth. The income is generated by the sale of the timber felled each year the biggest customers come from the construction industry, but the paper and packaging business is a significant source of demand too. Growth, meanwhile, is driven by the rising capital value of the asset over time as timber prices rise, so do the value of the forests producing it. Continue reading “Save on tax and save the planet: put some money in forestry”

Renewable energy investment in India beats Covid-19 lull

India will need a further $500 billion in investment in wind and solar infrastructure, energy storage and grid expansion to reach 450GW capacity target by 2030.

Investments in the renewable energy sector in India are seeing growth again following the slowdown in the previous financial year due to the onset of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic, a recent study by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) found.

Between April and July this year, investment in the Indian renewable energy sector reached US$6.6 billion, surpassing the US$6.4 billion level record in the 2020-21 fiscal year. The findings in the study projected that and the investments have the potential to breach the US$8.4 billion milestones achieved in the 2019-20 financial year before the pandemic struck.

“Rebounding energy demand and a surge of commitments from banks and financial institutions to phase out fossil fuel financing are helping drive investment into Indian renewable energy infrastructure,” Vibhuti Garg, an energy economist at IEEFA, who co-authored the report, said.

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Farm Tech Investing Is Accelerating Faster Than Food Tech And General VC – New Report

As devastating as the pandemic has been, some good has emerged from the global health and economic crisis: investment to shore up global food systems has soared. Back in February we confirmed the extent of the boost investors gave entrepreneurs across the foodtech and agtech industry — 34.5% year-over-year to be precise.

And while we noticed a surge in investor interest in “upstream” technologies, those operating closer to the farm and in food production — alternative proteins, for instance — we now have numbers that show particular investor interest in technologies for farmers.

“Farm Tech” investing soared to $7.9 billion in 2020, topping 2019 investments by $2.3 trillion, or 41%, according to AgFunder’s 2021 Farm Tech Investment Report, in collaboration with Upstream Ag Insights. Continue reading “Farm Tech Investing Is Accelerating Faster Than Food Tech And General VC – New Report”

Renewable energy investment hit record highs in first half of 2021

BNEF report estimates nearly $174 billion was invested in renewable energy projects and companies

Global investment in renewable energy projects and companies reached a record high in the first half of 2021, totalling $174 billion (£125bn).

That’s according to the latest Renewable Energy Investment Tracker report from the research company BloombergNEF (BNEF), which suggests the total investment is the highest ever recorded in the first half of any year. Continue reading “Renewable energy investment hit record highs in first half of 2021”

New wave of investors eyes renewable energy firms


The growing importance of sustainability-linked funding has driven investors to scout for clean energy opportunities

MUMBAI : Driven by the growing importance of sustainability investing and the large opportunity presented by the Indian market, several new investors, both financial and strategic, have committed capital to renewable energy investments in the country.

Earlier this month, US investment firm Augment Infrastructure said it will buy a majority stake in rooftop solar power producer Mumbai-based CleanMax Enviro Energy Solutions for 1,650 crore, marking its first investment in India. Also in August, Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, a renewable energy-focused fund manager, announced its first India investment with a commitment of $200 million investment with Amp Energy India. Other investors that have written large cheques in recent months include Thailand’s state-owned utility PTT, Norway’s state-owned investor Norfund and Norway-based renewable energy firm Scatec.

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The solar stocks looking to shine bright in 2021

With the solar industry continuing to rise in popularity, Maxim Manturov, Head of Investment Research at Freedom Finance Europe, advises on the top stocks to watch this year.

The last decade has witnessed a monumental shift towards solar power and renewable energy, as the global economy moves away from fossil fuels such as oil and natural gas to help reduce carbon emissions. The popularity of such stocks therefore comes as no surprise as investors increasingly look towards companies that are making a positive socio-economic impact, and will only continue to grow as younger, more conscientious investors enter the stock market and look to change the world one investment at a time.

Alongside this, seeing as it will take a significant amount of time and money to complete this transition to an eco-friendlier world, solar energy is clearly a compelling investment for those looking to benefit in the long term. For traders looking to combine investment with social responsibility, and make a real difference while gaining a profit, solar stocks and impact investing are the clear way to go.

What are the best value solar stocks to watch in 2021? And who should you look out for? Continue reading “The solar stocks looking to shine bright in 2021”

Renewable energy investment hit record highs in first half of 2021

Investment into clean energy projects and companies swelled to $174bn in the first half of 2021, with record levels of public market financing offsetting a decline in renewable project investments.

That is the headline figure of new research from BloombergNEF, which found that the $174bn is the highest total ever recorded for the first half of a year. The financing levels are a 1.8% increase on the same time last year, although the second half of 2020 does dwarf this figure by 7% as nations ramped up clean energy investments as lockdowns began to ease temporarily.

The first half of the year did see a decline in investment into new renewables projects, however. Investment into wind projects totalled $58bn, matching levels recorded in 2018 and 2019, but well below the $85bn invested in the first half of 2020 ahead of subsidies closing or lapsing in nations such as China and the US. Continue reading “Renewable energy investment hit record highs in first half of 2021”