The renewable energy industry has been hot over the past year as more favorable policies have begun taking shape in Washington, D.C., and even the most old-school energy companies are making efforts to transition more of their power generation to renewable sources. As a result, good values among stocks in that arena can be hard to find, but three of our Foolish contributors see First Solar (NASDAQ: FSLR), Proterra (NASDAQ: PTRA), and Vestas Wind Systems (OTC: VWDRY) as great opportunities for investors looking for bargains in the renewables space. Travis Hoium (First Solar): Cheap is always a relative term, but in the case of solar manufacturing and equipment, I don't see any stock cheaper than First Solar.
In August 2018, as a bit of summer fun, we looked at some of the world’s quoted football clubs, of which there are surprisingly few. Chief among them was Manchester United, who face Villarreal in the Europa League final tonight. Man Utd’s shares, quoted in New York, have proved volatile. Tipped at $22.10, they almost immediately soared to more than $26 then just as quickly dropped back, and since late September 2018 have remained below the price at which we tipped them. They bottomed at barely $13 in March last year as Covid panic peaked and now trade at $15.55. The club did itself no favours when it signed up to the short-lived and hugely unpopular European Super League last month. Nick Train, the fund manager whose enthusiasm for Man Utd as a business lay behind our tip, was among those not amused by the initiative.
Wind turbine maker Vestas unveiled new technology on Monday which it says enables wind turbine blades to be fully recycled, avoiding the dumping of old blades. Turbine blades are set to account for 43 million tonnes of waste in 2050, according to a 2017 University of Cambridge study. The new technology will "be a significant milestone in enabling a future where landfill is no longer required in blade decommissioning," Allan Poulsen, Vestas' head of sustainability and advanced materials, said in a statement.