5 Top Cleantech Stories of 2017

Cleantech Investing

In many ways it was a challenging year for the cleantech sector, but there’s hope yet for the overarching industry. Here’s the 5 top stories that caught the attention of our investor audience in 2017.

It was another busy year for the cleantech sector and–based off our investor audience throughout 2017–it’s clear that interest will remain in the sector as we move into 2018.
Over the last year or so, the Investing News Network (INN) has had the opportunity to cover a wide range of subjects that fall under the overarching cleantech industry.
Below, INN takes a look back at the most read cleantech stories of the year. If you missed the change to read them when they were first publish–don’t worry–it’s not too late. Scroll down to see what piqued the interest of INN’s investor audience in 2017.

1. Challenges and Opportunities in the Renewable Energy Sector

Early on in the year, INN had the opportunity to speak with Colorado-based biofuels company, Gevo (NASDAQ:GEVO). The company is focused on producing renewable jet fuel, renewable gasoline (isooctane), and isobutanol (IBA).
In the interview, Gevo CEO Patrick Gruber, told INN about the company, the challenges in the renewable technology sector, and why there has been a huge decline in the stock since last year.

2. dynaCERT CEO Jim Payne

In late July, INN spoke with dynaCERT (TSXV:DYA; OTC:DYFSF) CEO Jim Payne about its hydrogen technology. dynaCERT is a  green energy company with a patent-pending carbon emissions technology.
Read the article linked to above for the full interview with Payne.

3. Solar Energy is Now Cheaper than Coal in India

This article from May is our third most-read cleantech news story of 2017. At the time, it was reported that India cancelled its plans in place to build roughly 14 gigawatts of coal-fuelled power stations as the price of solar electricity  has dropped to “levels once considered impossible.”

4. New $4.5 Billion Wind Energy Project to Power Customers in Four States

Another story from July: this story came near the end of the month as well, when it was announced by cleantech mammoth American Electric Power (NYSE:AEP) its plans  its plans for a project called Wind Catcher Energy Connection. As noted in the article, the project was projected to  have the capacity to generate roughly 9 million megawatt-hours of new wind energy to customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas.

5. Tesla’s Stock Soars 7 Percent, Thousands of Model 3 Orders Cancelled

What list would be complete without mentioning electric vehicle giant, Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA)?
This particular article came in August, on the heels of its Q2 2017 results where the company stated thousdans of Tesla Model 3 orders had been cancelled.
Despite the order cancellations, Tesla’s stock price responded favorably at the time, rising seven percent.
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Securities Disclosure: I, Jocelyn Aspa, hold no direct investment interest in any company mentioned in this article. 
Editorial Disclosure: dynaCERT is a client of the Investing News Network. This article is not paid-for content.

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