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18 Cleantech ETFs — And What Are Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs)?

ETFs are managed by professionals who have the resources to go deep on analysis, which presumably would help them to pick the right mix and proportions of stocks in an industry.

Buying Green ETFs Instead of Individual Green Stocks — Pros & Cons

ETFs are Exchange Traded Funds. The aim is to gain the growth of an industry without having to spend a lot of money on buying individual stocks. An ETF also makes it safer for the individual who might otherwise only buy one to three stocks individually and hope to capture the benefit of a growing industry — the risk being that they might pick the wrong stocks even if the industry does grow strongly.

ETFs are managed by professionals who have the resources to go deep on analysis, which presumably would help them to pick the right mix and proportions of stocks in an industry.

The drawback to buying ETFs instead of individual stocks is that any basket is likely to include some slow movers and even losing stocks. If someone knows an industry well, the investor might do better by picking only winning stocks. Doing one’s own analysis might take more time, but it may also pay off in the end. Or not. In the case of a person who is in a field, it’s possible that no added research is needed. However, even experts in the field can make bad picks.

Clean Energy & Clean Transportation ETF List

As CleanTechnica’s own Michael Barnard wrote on December 4 regarding cleantech ETFs, “Cleantech ETFs Vastly Outperform Dow Jones, Oil & Gas In 2020.” The following is a table of such ETFs.

Cleantech ETFs

ETF Category Stock Symbol Value of $10k if purchased Feb 10, 2020
PZD – Invesco Cleantech™ ETF Cleantech PZD $13,272.94
ALPS Clean Energy ETF (ACES) Clean Energy ACES-A $17,080.24
First Trust NASDAQ Clean Edge Green Energy Index Fund (QCLN) Clean Energy QCLN $21,052.63
VanEck Vectors Low Carbon Energy ETF (SMOG) Clean Energy SMOG $17,069.41
Invesco Wilderhill Clean Energy ETF Clean Energy PBW $21,465.37
iShares Global Clean Energy ETF Clean Energy ICLN $17,338.83
ALPS ETF Trust ALPS Disruptive (DTEC) Cleantech DTEC $12,532.52
Autonomous & Electric Vehicles ETF (DRIV) Transportation DRIV $14,438.78
iShares Self-Driving EV and Tech ETF | IDRV Transportation IDRV $14,444.44
Smart Transportation & Technology ETF Transportation MOTO $13,759.45
Global X YieldCo & Renewable Energy Income ETF (YLCO) Clean Energy YLCO $10,589.71
KraneShares Electric Vehicles and Future Mobility ETF Transportation KARS $14,882.90
SPDR S&P Kensho Smart Mobility ETF Fund Transportation HAIL $15,929.51
Ideanomics NextGen Vehicles & Technology ETF (EKAR) Transportation EKAR $14,475.79
First Trust NASDAQ Global Auto Index Fund (CARZ) Transportation CARZ $14,335.83

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Solar ETF

In addition to the above, a major solar ETF is the TAN ETF. Here are the stocks in that ETF’s basket:

  • Enphase Energy Inc
  • SolarEdge Technologies Inc
  • Xinyi Solar Holdings Ltd
  • Sunrun Inc
  • First Solar Inc
  • Scatec ASA
  • Daqo New Energy Corp ADR
  • Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Infrastructure Capital Inc
  • GCL-Poly Energy Holdings Ltd
  • JinkoSolar Holding Co Lid ADR
  • Neoen SA
  • Encavis AG
  • Canadian Solar Inc
  • Clearway Energy Inc
  • Atlantica Sustainable Infrastructure PLC
  • SunPower Corp
  • Solaria Energia y Medio Ambiente SA
  • Sunnova Energy International Inc
  • RENOVA Inc
  • Flat Glass Group Co Ltd
  • Xinyi Energy Holdings Ltd
  • SMA Solar Technology AG
  • Meyer Burger Technology AG
  • Maxeon Solar Technologies Ltd
  • West Holdings Corp
  • Azure Power Global Ltd
  • Solarpack Corp Tecnologica SA
  • Grenergy Renovables
  • Beam Global
  • ReneSola Ltd ADR

Below are a couple of additional cleantech-focused ETFs not noted above.

Wind ETF

On the wind side of things, there’s the FAN ETF. (Pun must be intended.) Stocks in that ETF include:

  • Vestas Wind Systems A/S
  • Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy SA
  • Orsted A/S
  • Northland Power Inc
  • Boralex Inc Class A
  • China Longyuan Power Group Corp Ltd Class H
  • Innergex Renewable Energy Inc
  • TPI Composites Inc
  • Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Technology Co Ltd Class H
  • General Electric Co

Innovation ETF

More broadly, there’s the ARKK Ark Invest Innovation ETF (up 500% in 5 years), which includes the following stocks:

  • Tesla Inc
  • Roku Inc Class A
  • CRISPR Therapeutics AG
  • Square Inc A
  • Teladoc Health Inc
  • Invitae Corp
  • Zillow Group Inc C
  • Editas Medicine Inc
  • Proto Labs Inc
  • Pure Storage Inc — Class A

Did we miss any notable cleantech ETF funds? Do you have other thoughts to contribute on ETFs or investing to share? If so, let us know down in the comments!

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