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They lagged the market for years until something changed for the better in 2017.
As the stock market often does, it waited until nobody was looking before offering up an explosive move higher.
Nobody was looking in April of last year, and solar stocks very quietly started to recover. In fact, the Invesco Solar exchange-traded fund (NYSEArca: TAN) is up nearly 22% since then.
And there are more major catalysts on the way for solar energy stocks…
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Bloomberg just reported that solar energy makes up 55% of all new energy generation, blowing past wind and natural gas for the second straight quarter. That's even with the new tariffs in place.
Plus, this isn't an anomaly. Germany just broke a national record, getting 85% of its energy from renewables during the May 1 weekend. That's according to CleanTechnica, a global cleantech-focused website.
Solar energy is not just growing at astounding rates, it could make investors a pile of money if they know where to look. Solar's growth potential is so great that investors can still get in early on this energy revolution…
The Bright Outlook for Solar Energy Stocks
While the potential for solar power generation has been around for several years, the marketplace was not quite ready. However, that has changed to give solar power tremendous potential:
- Solar power costs are dropping steadily: it's cheaper than natural gas, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).
- Unlike natural gas or wind, it has almost no environmental side effects.
- Trendsetting California will require solar panels on all newly built single-family houses after 2020.
- Industry growth is still in the early stages. The EIA projects U.S. solar energy production could grow 500% by 2040.
- Simultaneously, Wood Mackenzie projects China's growth could be 700% by 2035.
That's why investors can't afford to wait. This is the best solar energy stock to buy right now…