The proposed combination of SolarCity and Tesla Motors amounts to little more than a bailout of the fatally flawed renewable-energy company that loses more money with each incremental sale. Investors looking for exposure to clean energy should stay away.
Renewable energy uses to be seen as a threat to the existing utility sector. But now solar investments have filtered into utilities’ regulated service territories. But which part of the renewable market and how those markets are played can make a significant difference in a given company’s outcome.
Remember that the stock market comprises a wide range of investors and institutions whose different objectives and strategies dictate how they react to the news. In many instances, their approach may not align with what’s in your best interests; follow their lead at your own peril.
The government’s war on coal may be over, but inexpensive natural gas and ongoing declines in the cost of renewable energy continue to drive the retirement of older coal-fired power plants in the US. Savvy investors should ignore the moribund coal industry and focus on energy storage.
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