Renewable Energy Mutual Funds
An updated version of renewable energy mutual funds companies. This is a growing list, as renewable energy is elevated to a popular forum.

12 months ago we ran a feature about the top 5 renewable energy mutual funds, who investors with green leanings should look into. These were money manager recommended mutual funds that invest solely in green energy companies.

Since then, practically every mutual fund on the market, green or not, has taken a big hit as the economy spluttered. This spring in particular was a very hard time for many mutual funds, as stock prices fell dramatically. The best five alternative energy mutual funds that we presented in the feature were the Winslow Green Growth Fund, the New Alternatives Fund, PowerShares WilderHill Clean Energy, the Guinness Atkenson Alternative Energy Fund, and the Calvert Global Alternative Energy Fund.
Have any of these funds withstood the battering of the last year? If so, which ones and what are the figures?

1. Winslow Green Growth Fund – Last twelve months: +8.81%

The Winslow Green Growth Fund has always been one of very best long term funds for green investors. The fund concentrates on American small cap growth companies. The main goal of this fund is exclude companies which harm the environment, and to include alternative energy companies. They do have some companies in the portfolio, who, whilst not directly helping the environment, do no harm. The fund evaluates potential companies by looking at, for instance, the environmental impact of the company. It is quite strict in terms of what it includes in its portfolio.
Despite the economic meltdown, this fund is one of the very few that is in the red for the year. It truly is the strongest renewable energy mutual fund out there.

2. New Alternatives Fund – Last twelve months: +1.34%

New Alternatives Fund is considered one of the best long term mutual funds. This fund invests in companies of all sizes, from small cap to large cap, from all around the globe. Companies must positively impact the environment to be included in this fund portfolio. Renewable energy companies make up more than twenty five percent of its portfolio, and it is considered a very environmentally friendly mutual fund. With its high percentage of green energy companies, expect the portfolio to grow well in the future.

3. PowerShares WilderHill Clean Energy – Last twelve months: -11.35%

PowerShares WilderHill Clean Energy includes a portfolio of thirty seven renewable energy companies which develop and use clean energy technology. It is one of the most environmentally friendly mutual funds out of all of the aggressive growth funds, as a result of the fact that it only includes companies that use clean energy technology. This last year, however, hit the fund hard, although not as hard as many other funds.

4. Guinness Atkenson Alternative Energy Fund – Last twelve months: -16.12%

Guinness Atkenson Alternative Energy Fund believes strongly in renewable energy companies. The portfolio holds between 40 and 60 green energy companies at any time. This fund is inherently riskier than most other such funds, as it is not very diversified, and because it includes foreign securities. It has been a very hard 12 months for this fund.

5. Calvert Global Alternative Energy Fund – Last twelve months: -15.07%

Calvert Global Alternative Energy Fund has assets worth more than one hundred and fifty million dollars. The fund contains foreign investments, and maybe more volatile than many other mutual funds. As it is an aggressive growth fund, the rewards could be greater. The fund invests at least 80 percent of its net assets into green energy companies. It is not very diversified, but great for investors who want to invest in green energy technologies without diversity.

These tops 5 funds have all suffered in the last year, and all of them dropped dramatically in April and May. However, since the beginning of June all five of them have begun to climb rapidly, and if the trend continues, in just one more month the overall percentage change for the last 12 months should look much better.

For the original story, and further information on the top 5 renewable energy mutual funds, click here.

For more information, go to:
investorguide.com,
greencentury.com

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    Ed Graves Says:

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    jake Says:

    Its also interesting to read that on their website they mention the following:

    Shares of the companies involved in the alternative energy sector have been more volatile than shares of companies operating in other more established sectors or industries.

    A big warning from the ‘horse’s mouth’!

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    jake Says:

    Its also interesting to read that on their website they mention the following:

    Shares of the companies involved in the alternative energy sector have been more volatile than shares of companies operating in other more established sectors or industries.

    A big warning from the ‘horse’s mouth’!

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    jon Says:

    I read about some of Calverts investments. One of them is First Solar (FSLR) in Arizona. it makes high tech solar panels that are built from mining waste. The panels are coated with cadmium sulfide and cadmium telluride, both of which come from mining operations. This way they keep their costs really low.

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    jon Says:

    I read about some of Calverts investments. One of them is First Solar (FSLR) in Arizona. it makes high tech solar panels that are built from mining waste. The panels are coated with cadmium sulfide and cadmium telluride, both of which come from mining operations. This way they keep their costs really low.

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    jon Says:

    Global energy demand is continue to grow fast. There is no doubt that climate change is happening now. The trend is clear, and at long last the political will is there to do something about it. Government “green” initiatives worldwide are really pushing alternative energy into the maintstream, and it is now a very fast growing market.

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    jon Says:

    Global energy demand is continue to grow fast. There is no doubt that climate change is happening now. The trend is clear, and at long last the political will is there to do something about it. Government “green” initiatives worldwide are really pushing alternative energy into the maintstream, and it is now a very fast growing market.

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    less Says:

    This sector should be the biggest in the world now, not in a generation or so. If only the world had the potilitcal will, that countries such as germany do. If only so many people werent brainwashed by the oil compaines rhetoric.

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    less Says:

    This sector should be the biggest in the world now, not in a generation or so. If only the world had the potilitcal will, that countries such as germany do. If only so many people werent brainwashed by the oil compaines rhetoric.

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    john Says:

    I guess i means some good performances considing all the factors that have worked against this sector in recent times – Europea struggling for cash etc.

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    john Says:

    I guess i means some good performances considing all the factors that have worked against this sector in recent times – Europea struggling for cash etc.

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    Snow Cone Syrup Says:

    Fine info, a lot of thanks to the author. This is perplexing to me now, but all around, the efficacy and relevance is overpowering. Very much thanks once again and best of luck!

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    Snow Cone Syrup Says:

    Fine info, a lot of thanks to the author. This is perplexing to me now, but all around, the efficacy and relevance is overpowering. Very much thanks once again and best of luck!

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    mel Says:

    Good performances? Well, ONE good performance, and that is all! This sector though IS going to be one of the biggest in the world, within a generation or two.

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    mel Says:

    Good performances? Well, ONE good performance, and that is all! This sector though IS going to be one of the biggest in the world, within a generation or two.

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    john Says:

    Some good performances here, and great info.

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    john Says:

    Some good performances here, and great info.

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    me Says:

    Wow theyve really had a hard time this year! i guess all sectors have struggled though. i guess the key is, as you mention, that in the last month they have shot up and are looking good again.

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    me Says:

    Wow theyve really had a hard time this year! i guess all sectors have struggled though. i guess the key is, as you mention, that in the last month they have shot up and are looking good again.

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    Bret Hardage Says:

    Great stuff here, I will get back to read more!

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    Bret Hardage Says:

    Great stuff here, I will get back to read more!

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    Carlos Knaff Says:

    Simply because, at the present time, most green electrical power is absolutely not cheaper to produce. Technology continues to improve, but resources this kind of as photo voltaic and wind ability are not extra sustainable than petroleum dependent resources. Add from the greed of environmentally friendly stamina producers who see a window of opportunity to charge premium prices and you could have the current situation.

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    Carlos Knaff Says:

    Simply because, at the present time, most green electrical power is absolutely not cheaper to produce. Technology continues to improve, but resources this kind of as photo voltaic and wind ability are not extra sustainable than petroleum dependent resources. Add from the greed of environmentally friendly stamina producers who see a window of opportunity to charge premium prices and you could have the current situation.

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    Aurore Darras Says:

    Great job on the blog, it looks outstanding. I am going to bookmark it and will make sure to visit often

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    Aurore Darras Says:

    Great job on the blog, it looks outstanding. I am going to bookmark it and will make sure to visit often

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    Kennedy Says:

    Hello, this is Kennedy a second year student in Kenyatta University Kenya. I am persuing a degree in Energy Engineering and would really like you people to mentor me. This has been my field of interest since childhood and will never do enough of it. I am looking for funding partners to help me start an Energy Club in my University.

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    Kennedy Says:

    Hello, this is Kennedy a second year student in Kenyatta University Kenya. I am persuing a degree in Energy Engineering and would really like you people to mentor me. This has been my field of interest since childhood and will never do enough of it. I am looking for funding partners to help me start an Energy Club in my University.

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    Mohamad-Madbouli Says:

    Dear Sir I am very greatful for your great valuable web site so I hope to get up to date deeply scientific information about the new resources of alternative energy especially solar updrafte and doendraft tower power generating plant theory operation and design . My Job Title consulting power system engineer. And I am ready to link with the best one research center to get doctor of science and you can consider me as an egyptian research in the field of alternative energy.

    BEST and HOT REGArds
    Consultant elec power sSystem
    Mohamadbouli

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    Mohamad-Madbouli Says:

    Dear Sir I am very greatful for your great valuable web site so I hope to get up to date deeply scientific information about the new resources of alternative energy especially solar updrafte and doendraft tower power generating plant theory operation and design . My Job Title consulting power system engineer. And I am ready to link with the best one research center to get doctor of science and you can consider me as an egyptian research in the field of alternative energy.

    BEST and HOT REGArds
    Consultant elec power sSystem
    Mohamadbouli

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    NAJMAL ALMELKAR Says:

    we have developed SOLAR LIGHTING SYSTEMS FOR use of HAWKERS and ADVERTISEMENT KISOKS FOR AUTO RICKSHAWS…we have also developed hybrid systems[solar windmill]to be used for schools and relegious places…we require working capital for the same…thanks…

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    NAJMAL ALMELKAR Says:

    we have developed SOLAR LIGHTING SYSTEMS FOR use of HAWKERS and ADVERTISEMENT KISOKS FOR AUTO RICKSHAWS…we have also developed hybrid systems[solar windmill]to be used for schools and relegious places…we require working capital for the same…thanks…

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    Salih Says:

    We are looking for funding or partnership in developing green villas on the southern coast of Turkey, where the sun shines most of the year and enough wind year around.
    Thanks,
    Salih

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    Salih Says:

    We are looking for funding or partnership in developing green villas on the southern coast of Turkey, where the sun shines most of the year and enough wind year around.
    Thanks,
    Salih

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    Lok Baral Says:

    I have developed a gravitational potential energy harvesting technology for transportation purpose in hilly land. I need fund for practical purpose. Help is kindly requested.
    Lok

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    Lok Baral Says:

    I have developed a gravitational potential energy harvesting technology for transportation purpose in hilly land. I need fund for practical purpose. Help is kindly requested.
    Lok

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    stephen okoronkwo Says:

    We are looking for funding partners to help us establish a mega bio-fuel processing station in Nigeria.
    we will appreciate any information to this regard.
    Thank you for the anticipated response

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    stephen okoronkwo Says:

    We are looking for funding partners to help us establish a mega bio-fuel processing station in Nigeria.
    we will appreciate any information to this regard.
    Thank you for the anticipated response

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    Bedane Says:

    iam looking for a funding partners to learn for phd in renewable energy fields in russia(moscow)moscow technical university. please inform me how to get this fund.

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    Bedane Says:

    iam looking for a funding partners to learn for phd in renewable energy fields in russia(moscow)moscow technical university. please inform me how to get this fund.

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    Mazin Alamir Says:

    Dear Sirs
    Following we hope get more information
    Thank you

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    Mazin Alamir Says:

    Dear Sirs
    Following we hope get more information
    Thank you

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    Andy Says:

    I’m just curious how your arrived at your top 5 funds. Winslow green lost 61% of its value in 2008, significantly underperforming the Russel 2000 small cap index, and underperforming the majority of small cap funds. It’s Morningstar rating is 1 star (out of 5, 5 being best). What exactly it “top” about this fund?

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    Andy Says:

    I’m just curious how your arrived at your top 5 funds. Winslow green lost 61% of its value in 2008, significantly underperforming the Russel 2000 small cap index, and underperforming the majority of small cap funds. It’s Morningstar rating is 1 star (out of 5, 5 being best). What exactly it “top” about this fund?

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    Melissa Says:

    Ray, thank you for the heads up. I intend to look into this company and review it with the financial advisor I recently hired. I’d prefer to invest in something like this where it will benefit humankind.

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    Melissa Says:

    Ray, thank you for the heads up. I intend to look into this company and review it with the financial advisor I recently hired. I’d prefer to invest in something like this where it will benefit humankind.

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    Ray Says:

    For those who believe in doing your own due dillegence and don’t understand the logic of being led by what is “popular,” look into Power Air Corporation’s developing technology. I’m sure you will be impresssed…

    Just an additional note: Since the company has gone public, large blocks of shares have been shorted down and purchased to a point where there are only 184 shares holders of record (81.6 Million shares outstanding), among those holding the most shares are businesses with ties to the asian petroleum industry.

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    Ray Says:

    For those who believe in doing your own due dillegence and don’t understand the logic of being led by what is “popular,” look into Power Air Corporation’s developing technology. I’m sure you will be impresssed…

    Just an additional note: Since the company has gone public, large blocks of shares have been shorted down and purchased to a point where there are only 184 shares holders of record (81.6 Million shares outstanding), among those holding the most shares are businesses with ties to the asian petroleum industry.

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    Melissa Says:

    Thanks for the heads up on these mutual funds. It is very disconcerting sitting and looking at all of the options available and really not knowing were to go or what to choose.

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    Melissa Says:

    Thanks for the heads up on these mutual funds. It is very disconcerting sitting and looking at all of the options available and really not knowing were to go or what to choose.

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