What are solar power stocks? Solar power stocks are the shares in companies that engage in the building of technologies to harness the power of the sun and convert it into electricity. Solar power stocks are also considered green energy stocks.Solar energy has been used to warm buildings for thousands of years by combining building materials that absorb and slowly release the sun's heat. Design features, like large, sun-facing windows, have also been used. New solar technologies use the sun to heat water, provide daytime lighting and generate electricity. Many people already own a solar-powered device-a solar-powered calculator, for example. Modern solar cells with practical uses were invented in the early 1950s, and have been used to power satellites since 1958. Solar panels began to be used for general applications in the mid-1970s, mostly for remote telecommunications, navigational aids and other rugged, remote industrial uses. Since the mid-1980s, they have powered devices that work in more urban settings, such as roadside emergency telephones and traffic sign boards. Investing in solar energy stocks has key drawbacks: solar power is heavily dependent on government subsidies. Many of these subsidies seem likely to continue, at least for now, in China, Japan and the U.S., fuelling demand from utilities for large-scale solar plants. However, subsidies are losing support in many countries. Meanwhile, low prices for oil, natural gas and coal make solar power less cost-competitive. We look at solar power stocks and ETFs from time to time in response to questions from members of our Inner Circle and give our buy/sell/hold advice. But meanwhile, for your overall portfolio, we think you should follow our three-part Successful Investor strategy.
Invest mainly in well-established companies;
Spread your money out across most if not all of the five main economic sectors (Manufacturing & Industry; Resources & Commodities; Consumer; Finance; Utilities);
Downplay or avoid stocks in the broker/media limelight.
There are still lots of risks to be aware of, even with supposedly promising penny stocks
When you see a list of top penny stock picks online or elsewhere, you may be inclined to invest in one or more of them.
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