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3 Clean Energy Stocks to Buy as Hydrogen and EV Markets Heat Up

As we catapult into a future electrified by clean energy, savvy investors will want to focus on the best clean energy stocks to buy. Report after report details the rapid pace at which the transformation is happening. And investment opportunities abound.

According to the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) World Energy Investment 2023 report, “Annual clean energy investment is expected to rise by 24% between 2021 and 2023, driven by renewables and electric vehicles, compared with a 15% rise in fossil fuel investment over the same period.”

The IEA’s Global EV Outlook, which is essentially a roadmap of electric mobility developments, forecasts high demand for electric vehicles (EVs) will lead to a 35% surge in global sales following a record year in 2022. This trend will not only benefit EV makers but also companies that provide the charging stations, batteries and raw materials to power EVs.

Meanwhile, according to Maximize Market Research, the hydrogen fuel cell vehicle market is expected to grow at a compound annual rate of 45.3% through 2029, hitting $17.9 billion.

Investors have an opportunity to invest in green energy producers of all sorts, with the IEA predicting renewables will “account for over 90% of global electricity expansion over the next five years, overtaking coal to become the largest source of global electricity by early 2025.”

For those who want help narrowing down the best investment opportunities in the sector, here are three clean energy market leaders to consider adding to your portfolio.

First Solar (FSLR)

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First Solar (NASDAQ:FSLR) has established itself as a leader in the renewable energy realm with its innovative thin-film solar panels, which, according to the company, are “manufactured using less energy, water and semiconductor material, resulting in the best environmental profile in the industry.”

In response to burgeoning demand, the company is expanding its manufacturing capacity. By 2025, First Solar is targeting annual domestic manufacturing capacity of 10.6 gigawatts (GW). Additionally, with long-term contracts in place and a backlog of 71.6 GW extending through 2029, the company provides a clear vision of future sales, offering a healthy blend of stability and growth potential.

Analysts are calling for revenue growth of around 32% this year and next. Moreover, unlike many other high-potential clean energy stocks, the firm is profitable, with analysts forecasting earnings of $7.25 per share this year and $12.85 per share next year.

Plug Power (PLUG)

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Plug Power (NASDAQ:PLUG) is making major waves in the rapidly evolving world of green hydrogen by establishing a wide-ranging green hydrogen ecosystem. Its unique focus on e-mobility, material handling and stationary power applications, including EV charging, has enabled it to carve out a distinct place in the green energy landscape.

Plug Power CEO Andy Marsh’s growth strategy is clear. The company aims to hit annual sales of $20 billion by 2030, up from an expected $1.4 billion this year.

Plug Power is expected to benefit from the Inflation Reduction Act, which includes tax credits aimed at accelerating the deployment of green hydrogen in the United States. Additionally, Plug Power continues to secure contracts in Europe, a region currently outpacing the U.S. in hydrogen infrastructure development.

This global reach underscores the company’s expanding influence in the green hydrogen sector.

Brookfield Renewable (BEPC)

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Brookfield Renewable (NYSE:BEPC) is one of the top diversified clean energy stocks to buy now. The company’s portfolio spans a variety of low-carbon energy projects, including hydroelectric, wind, solar and energy storage. With more than 8,000 power-generating facilities, it has $77 billion in power assets under management and a portfolio capable of generating 24,000 megawatts annually.

Brookfield benefits immensely from elevated energy prices, resulting in robust cash flows. The additional cash influx has been channeled into the most profitable aspects of the business, and management is making strategic moves to streamline operations by divesting non-core businesses.

Analysts are expecting revenue to grow 25.4% this year, while earnings are forecast to surge 172%. The cherry on top for investors is BEPC’s attractive dividend yield of 4.1%, marking it a standout among green energy stocks.

On the date of publication, Muslim Farooque did not have (either directly or indirectly) any positions in the securities mentioned in this article. The opinions expressed in this article are those of the writer, subject to the InvestorPlace.com Publishing Guidelines

Muslim Farooque is a keen investor and an optimist at heart. A life-long gamer and tech enthusiast, he has a particular affinity for analyzing technology stocks. Muslim holds a bachelor’s of science degree in applied accounting from Oxford Brookes University.

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