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Solar Farms – The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

Utilizing solar energy is something we should be doing more of since it’s clean and renewable, at least cleaner than biomass energy. That’s the good part about solar energy. Right now we need more infrastructure built up. That’s the bad part. To do so requires a large investment in solar which investors don’t like because they can find better ROI’s elsewhere. That’s the ugly part. This holds true for personal systems and larger scale systems, at least until the solar world becomes more profitable.

There hasn’t exactly been landslide success for solar panel farms. There have been a few successful small scale operations. There are plenty of companies that will fill your personal, or possibly small neighborhood or community needs. If this is all you need and you’re willing to commit the capitol upfront then start making a few calls to find the right developer or installer.

Solar systems are actually pretty simple, especially off-grid connections. Expenses go up when you need to tie into the grid because it normally requires an inverter, special permits, and sometimes certified installers. It all depends on your local, state, and federal laws. Again, total off-grid usually doesn’t require much in the way of permits, and if you can change the battery in your car you can likely do most of it yourself. Always check with local authorities though. You don’t want to build any small solar panel farms and then have to change it, or worse, tear it down.

When it comes to larger investments, there may or may not be great opportunities in solar farms. The field of photovoltaic science is advancing extremely rapidly. Think computers in the early 90’s. Are they going to be a part of everyone’s life, like computers seem to be today? That reality is entirely possible. However, no one seems to have deciphered the right code or formula to bring solar power into the mainstream. Just like on the small scale, solar farming requires a pretty significant upfront cost with a somewhat questionable payback return. Some critics argue that without government incentives and subsidies, it wouldn’t be profitable in the least. However, if we look at computers, the first generations were exorbitantly expensive. So the great questions, and where the inherent risk lies, is whether or not the technology advances will bring the upfront costs down and payback and return on investments up. Someone needs to be the Bill Gates or Steve jobs of solar energy and eventually the cost of solar will decrease to a good level that nearly all can afford, and profit greatly from.

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Making Profits through Green Investing

Green investing, as the name suggests, involves investing in the companies that are committed to protecting the environment through eco-friendly policies. These companies, for example, might be utilizing methods to reduce environmental impact by utilizing alternative and renewable energy sources. More and more people are investing only in environment-friendly companies by buying their stocks, as well as buying eco-friendly mutual funds.

While generally green-related financial products currently come with a premium price and are relatively scarce as well, it promises a great future nevertheless. After all, investors do not do this solely for the environment, as a golden rule in investing for dummies, they also want to earn profits since this is still business.

There has been a constantly growing interest on the alternative and renewable energy. People have also become more conscious of the consequences of the use of fossil fuels. As a result, this has opened a great opportunity for green investing. Many people believe that green investing can provide sustainable and long-term income. It won’t be long until this will be a common entry for financial and business references for all investors.

Green investing covers a wide array of areas–green stocks include different sectors, company range and value. A lot of potential green investments are small, young, and uncertain, but an investor can make an environment-friendly portfolio out of big name companies. For example, an individual may invest in an electronics company that provides cooling system for buildings to help lessen their power consumption.

To put it simply, green investing will be the trend of the future. Many industry leaders of today are poised to lead the changes towards investing for the benefit of the environment. Making profits is good, but it will be much better if the business is helping nature first–and this can be made through green investing.

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