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PV Crystalox Solar – I’m In

Now it's no news to anyone who has followed us on our little journey that we've a penchant for a highly speculative buy. Add a green energy aspect to the mix and it's like a waving a pizza, at mid-70's Elvis (too soon?). So, when PV Crystalox Solar plunged to below 10 pence a share late last year, we placed it on the radar. When it fell below five pence it was like adding another layer of cheese, there seemed no way I couldn't take a little speculative slice (well three actually: at 4.4, then 5.15 and 5.4 pence to be exact).   [caption...

Kiva – 4 Micro Loans

We've had a decent run with things lately so I paid a visit to our friends at Kiva and set up another 4 micro-loans to those in the world who are a little less fortunate. For anybody who is unsure of what Kiva is all about, I could wax lyrical for a few paragraphs but it's probably more beneficial to watch the little youtube video below and to your right entitled, "Kiva - The Pedro Story". The basics for the video skippers: Kiva's mission is to connect people, through lending, for the sake of alleviating poverty. Kiva empowers individuals to lend to an...

Purchase – PV Crystalox Solar

So with my Renesola adventures due to come to an end in the coming weeks, the first of my four purchases this week, will come as a no-brainer to those who've followed Investor Trader over the journey. PV Crystalox Solar is a, yep, you guessed it, solar energy company. Though it lacks the Chinese connection it's still a major player in Asia (especially Japan). We purchased 1,719 shares at 57.21 pence a share. To quote from the tin: With 25 years (28 now) in solar technology development, PV Crystalox Solar is a leading manufacturer of multicrystalline silicon ingots and wafers, the key component...

There’s Plenty of Sun in the Sahara

It's estimated that $555 billion will be needed to realise a planned project to harness the sun that beats down on the Sahara Desert and pipe it to European homes, according to sources from Siemens AG quoted in an article on Bloomberg.com. Some big players such as Siemens AG and Munich Re - amongst others - will meet today in Munich to sign a memorandum of understanding to proceed with the ambitious project, that if implemented, could supply up to 15% of Europe's electricity needs my the middle of the century. Obviously there are any number of potential pitfalls and problems that...

On the Radar – Renewable Energy Holdings

On the advice of one of our readers (thanks Justin) we've placed Renewable Energy Holdings (REH.L) on the radar. As its name suggests, Renewable Energy Holdings is all about sustainable renewable energy. They seem to have their finger in a few alternative energy pies from wind, wave and solar through to methane capture and hydro power generation. Obviously we love the sector with all it's crunchy green goodness and with its diversity, REH.L, looks in a good position to cash in on this increasingly important niche of the energy sector. This diversification provides shareholders with the benefit of access to distinct opportunities in these...

Green Jobs on the Rise

According to a recent article from Reuters, despite a slowdown in practically all sectors, Britain's green job market is thriving. "Job opportunities in Britain's renewable energy, energy efficiency, sustainability and corporate social responsibility sectors grow by 58 percent in the past year". Read the entire article on the Reuters web site....

On the Move – Clipper Windpower

Whether it was down to an inspired piece of investment research or unashamed blind luck, Friday's purchase of Clipper Windpower paid off almost immediately as the share finished 24% up on the day on the back of no news and only slightly higher than average volumes. I'm pretty sure it was the latter. But something is afoot, there's a breeze a blowin' and Clipper is in as good a position as any to cash in on the inevitable shift toward alternative energy....

Purchase – Clipper Windpower

We've set sail for a green future and taken the plunge with Clipper Windpower by adding 895 shares of theirs to our portfolio. The trade set us back £1.0495 pr share for a total outlay of £939.30. Here's to windy days ahead!...

Keeping it Green

I've got to admit it, I'm a bit of a closet greenie. I've never chained myself to a tree or put my ample girth between a whale and a Japanese "research" boat you must understand, but in the back of my mind there's a part of me that thinks maybe I should. As I nudge the big 4-0, I know dreams of environmental heroism are probably a little beyond me now but it doesn't mean I can't look to do my bit in other, less life-threatening ways. I'm not going to make any bold claims that our little portfolio at Investor...