Solar Stocks in 2018 Will Tap into 500% Industry Growth

Energy stocks will always be in demand, but the best solar stocks in 2018 are on the cusp of truly once-in-a-lifetime growth...

solar stocks in 2018According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), global energy demand will rise 25% by 2040.

While demand across the world is growing, solar energy is poised to outgrow traditional energy sources like oil, coal, and natural gas.

That could increase demand for solar energy by 500%, and that means it's still early to jump into solar energy investments...

What's Fueling Solar Stocks in 2018

While fossil fuels will continue to be viable energy sources, renewable energy sources will be increasingly used to meet demand.

And solar power has the most explosive potential of any form of energy, renewable or not.

In the United States alone, solar power generation will skyrocket 500% from now until 2040, according to EIA forecasts.

Solar energy's potential comes from three catalysts: It's clean, it's unlimited, and it's increasingly cheap.

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First, solar power produces no carbon emissions.

As the world shifts toward cleaner forms of energy, finding energy sources that produce little or no carbon emissions is becoming a priority.

The Paris Climate Accord - ratified by 168 countries in 2016 - set out a goal for all countries to reduce carbon emissions "as soon as possible."

With countries across the globe planning to cut carbon emissions, even as energy demand rises, renewable sources are the only option.

Second, solar power is unlimited.

Even though natural gas produces about half the carbon emissions as coal, both forms of energy will eventually run out. And as the supply dwindles, the prices will rise.

That's not the case with solar power. Energy from the sun is ample and permanent.

That what will also help keep solar power cheap...

Third, the costs of solar power are rapidly dropping, and it's making it cheaper than fossil fuels.

Money Morning Global Energy Strategist Dr. Kent Moors says solar energy has reached grid parity with fossil fuels. That means solar energy can power electricity production at the same cost - or less - than traditional fuel sources.

Now, solar is at grid parity in at least 20 states, and not just small states where options are limited. The states range from New York to California.

That's no surprise, either. The costs of solar energy are rapidly falling. The cost of solar power is currently only 1/150th of its cost four decades ago, and it's down 10% just over the past year.

And now that solar power is nearing grid parity across the country, it's creating massive potential for solar energy stocks. The EIA projects that electricity coming from solar power could rise by over 60% between now and 2018.

But the United States isn't even the best catalyst for solar stocks...

China Is a Solar Powerhouse, and It's Just Getting Warmed Up

China is already the world's leading producer of solar power, and more than 60% of all solar cells on the planet are manufactured in China. But its expected growth is staggering.

China set ambitious solar power growth plans in 2016 as part of its five-year economic plan. The plan called for nearly doubling its solar output each year through 2020.

But it just beat its 2020 target this year...

Now, China is committing another $360 billion to solar energy by 2020.

That's just the beginning.

Trending: The One China Solar Stock to Own Right Now

China's annual electricity use per year is almost 5.9 trillion kWh, half again as much as the 3.9 trillion kWh the United States uses. That's a massive amount of energy demand in China alone. And nearly 59% of China's total energy output comes from coal, while solar energy accounts for only 5%.

That means as solar output catches up to coal, its growth potential is incredible.

Wood Mackenzie projects that China's solar power production will skyrocket by more than 700% by 2035.

Now that solar power is catching on across the globe, right now is the best time to invest in solar stocks to tap into its massive profit potential. And we have the best solar stock to buy right now...

The Best Solar Stock to Buy Right Now

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Moors' favorite solar stock to play is China's JinkoSolar Holding Co. Ltd. (NYSE: JKS).

JinkoSolar is a Chinese manufacturing company that started making solar wafers and photovoltaic cells back in 2006.

In just over a decade, JinkoSolar has grown to become world's third-largest photovoltaic cell supplier by capacity. And the growth keeps coming. In Q1 2017, JKS became the first photovoltaic maker to ship more than two gigawatts of PV modules in a single quarter. And JinkoSolar just beat its own record in Q2, shipping 2.8 gigawatts last quarter.

That sort of growth isn't surprising, considering China's explosive solar industry, but JinkoSolar is also one of the best solar manufacturers in existence.

"This is the premier solar company in the world," said Moors. "With global operation and good relations with the Chinese government, Jinko is perfectly positioned to continue growing."

That means JinkoSolar is poised to grow right alongside China's potential 700% solar industry forecast. And because China is already making 60% of the world's photovoltaic cells, JinkoSolar is well-positioned to take on even more growth as the rest of the world turns to solar energy. In fact, the EIA projects the United States' solar production alone will grow by over 500% by 2040.

Shares of JKS are trading at $28.16, and they're up 85% this year already. But this is only the beginning for the world's top solar company.

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