How to Invest in Wind Energy Stocks

Roberto Rivero

In order to comply with the Paris Agreement and limit global warming to no more than 1.5°C – the world needs to transition to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. This means that, over the next couple of decades, we will see an increasing amount of energy produced by renewable sources, in particular solar and wind.

In this article, we will explore the prospect of investing in wind energy, highlight 2 top wind energy stocks to watch in 2022, demonstrate how to invest in wind energy stocks and much more!

Investing in Wind Energy

As we wrote in the introduction, in order to meet net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, countries across the world are going to have to invest heavily in renewable energy over the next few decades.

This transition is likely to take a lot of time and a lot of money. In fact, in 2019, it was estimated that it would cost around $4.5 trillion to fully decarbonise energy production in the US alone.

Consequently, amongst other renewable energy sources, the proportion of global energy produced from wind power is likely to increase over the coming years. Indeed, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA), onshore wind additions between 2021 and 2026 are forecast to be 25% higher than between 2015 and 2020, and the same report forecasts that offshore wind capabilities will triple by 2026.

The IEA has further stated that, in order to be on track for net-zero emissions by 2050, wind energy generation needs to increase by 18% annually until 2030.

Companies which operate within this sector, therefore, stand to benefit from this forecast increase in wind energy investment. However, it is unlikely to be plain sailing. Rising input costs, stagnant economic growth and general uncertainty are all examples of headwinds the industry currently faces.

Top Wind Energy Stocks to Watch

Although it still accounts for a relatively small amount of global energy supply, there are a number of companies which operate in this industry, but which are the best wind energy stocks to watch?

When looking for the best wind energy stocks to buy, it is important to bear in mind that what stock is the “best” is subjective and will depend largely on your investing style and goals.

In the following sections, we will look at 2 wind energy stocks for investors to consider in 2022.

Top Wind Energy Stocks to Watch
Vestas Wind Systems
NextEra Energy

Vestas Wind Systems

In terms of pure play wind energy stocks, there is actually not a vast amount of choice for those considering investing in wind power. Danish company Vestas Wind Systems is one of the few and is a leading player in the industry.

Vestas develops, builds and installs wind turbines. As of 2022, they have installed more than 83,000 turbines in 88 countries around the world which, combined, account for more than 157 GW of wind power capacity. To put that latter number in context, worldwide wind capacity was 837 GW at the end of 2021, meaning Vestas has installed more than 18% of worldwide capacity.

Vestas does not solely rely on revenue generated from installing wind turbines, but also generates revenue from servicing its turbines post-installation on a contractual basis. Vestas currently services 137 GW of the 157 GW wind capacity they have installed worldwide. In full-year 2021, these servicing contracts accounted for 16% of total revenue.

Depicted: Admirals MetaTrader 5Vestas Wind Systems Weekly Chart. Date Range: 21 February 2016 – 9 September 2022. Date Captured: 9 September 2022. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results.

NextEra Energy

As mentioned in the previous section, there is not many companies which focus solely on installing wind turbines or producing energy solely from wind power.

Therefore, those wanting to invest in wind energy stocks may have to consider companies which operate on multiple fronts. In fact, although this may mean compromising on your level of exposure to the wind power industry, it does offer diversification, which is an important part of risk management.

NextEra Energy is not only one of the leading producers of wind energy in the US, but also of solar and battery storage. Its wind facilities, located in 20 US states and 4 provinces of Canada, have a total generating capacity of more than 20 GW and they have plans to increase capacity by up to 7.9 GW by 2024.

Investing in NextEra not only provide exposure to additional sources of renewable energy, but, as it is a dividend stock, it should also provide investors with a source of income. At the time of writing, this wind energy stock has a dividend yield of 1.87%.

What might not sit well with investors is that NextEra Energy still produces much of its electricity from fossil fuels. However, the company has set out plans for “real zero” by no later than 2045.

Under these plans, the company’s energy production would come solely from non-carbon emitting sources by 2045. Nevertheless, until this date, NextEra plans to continue to rely on fossil fuels – which, understandably, may deter investors seeking exposure exclusively to renewable energy stocks.

Depicted: Admirals MetaTrader 5 – NextEra Energy Weekly Chart. Date Range: 21 February 2016 – 9 September 2022. Date Captured: 9 September 2022. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results.

How to Invest in Wind Energy Stocks in 5 Steps

So, how can you buy wind energy stocks? For those looking to invest in wind energy, with an Invest.MT5 account from Admirals, the process is simple! Follow these 5 steps to learn how to invest in wind energy stocks:

  1. Open an Invest.MT5 account with Admirals and log in to the Trader's Room
  2. Find your account in the Dashboard and click ‘Invest’ to open the MetaTrader Web Trading Platform
  3. Search for the desired wind energy stock in the Market Watch on the left of the screen and add one to the list of symbols
  4. Click and drag the stock symbol on to the chart window
  5. Click the New Order button at the top of the screen, enter the number of shares you want to buy and send the order to the market!
Depicted: Admirals MetaTrader WebTrader – Vestas Wind Energy Daily Chart – New Order. Date Range: 4 January 2022 – 9 September 2022. Date Captured: 9 September 2022. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results.

Why Invest in Wind Energy with Admirals?

With an Invest.MT5 account from Admirals, you can buy shares in both the wind energy stocks highlighted in this article, over 4,300 other stocks and more than 300 Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs)!

Other benefits of investing in wind energy shares with Admirals include:

  • Opening an account with a minimum deposit of just €1
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  • The ability to buy fractional shares in 700 of the world’s most exciting companies
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