3 Solar Stocks to Avoid in May

3 Solar Stocks to Avoid in May

Posted On May 5, 2021 1:34 pm

The rising number of solar installations because of new laws mandating rooftop solar on new homes has been a recent positive for the solar industry. Also, a dramatic decline in the cost of solar energy is contributing to the sales surge. Solar energy is expected to be the lowest-cost source of bulk power in the coming years.

According to a U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) forecast, 15 GW of solar photovoltaic (PV) generating capacity in the electric power sector will be added in 2021, with an additional 12 GW forecast for 2022.

In fact, with federal subsidies now making solar panel installation much more affordable, and with President  Biden’s plans in his $2 trillion infrastructure package to drive carbon emissions to zero, investors have grown increasingly interested in the sector. While several companies are well positioned to capitalize on its potential, many continue to be unprofitable. So, we think it’s best to avoid Sunnova Energy International Inc. (NOVAGet Rating), ReneSola Ltd. (SOLGet Rating), and SolarWindow Technologies, Inc. (WNDWGet Rating) because they currently possess weak financials.

Sunnova Energy International Inc. (NOVAGet Rating)

Founded in 2012, NOVA is one of the leading U.S. residential solar and storage service providers. It provides maintenance, monitoring, repairs and replacements, equipment upgrades, on-site power optimization, and diagnostics services. The company operates a fleet of residential solar energy systems with an approximately  790 megawatts capacity that serve approximately 107,000 customers.

In April, NOVA completed its acquisition of SunStreet Energy Group, LLC, Lennar Corporation’s residential solar platform, and became its exclusive provider of residential solar and storage service. In addition, as part of the transaction, Lennar committed to provide tax equity investments to support Sunnova’s home-builder customer pipeline. The agreement should help NOVA propel its customer growth while  scaling its business.

Although NOVA’s revenue grew 38.4% year-over-year to $41.28 million in the first quarter, ended March 31, 2021, it reported a $24.06 million net loss. Also,  it generated a $23.31 million operating loss, representing a 63% year-over-year increase. Its EBITDA came in at negative $3.62 million over the same period.

NOVA could not beat  consensus EPS estimates in any of the trailing four quarters. The stock has declined 24.5% over the past three months.

NOVA’s POWR Ratings are consistent with this bleak outlook. The stock has an overall F rating, which translates to Strong Sell in our proprietary ratings system. The POWR Ratings assess stocks by 118 different factors, each with its own weighting.

NOVA is also rated an F in Value and Quality. Within the F-rated Solar industry, it is ranked #20 of 20 stocks.

To see additional POWR Ratings for Growth, Momentum, Stability, and Sentiment for NOVA, Click here.

ReneSola Ltd. (SOLGet Rating)

SOL is a leading international manufacturer and supplier of solar power products. The company operates through three segments: Solar Power Project Development, EPC Services, and Electricity Generation Revenue. It operated approximately 100 solar power projects with 173 megawatts in aggregate capacity as of December 31, 2020.

In April, SOL closed the sale of an approximately 10 MW portfolio of solar development projects to Greenbacker Renewable Energy Company in Utah. The shift in the capital efficient strategy from COD (post-construction) to more  NTP (pre-construction) should allow it  to focus on growing its  quality project pipeline, while maintaining healthy profit margins.

In the fiscal fourth quarter, ended December 31, 2020, SOL reported a…

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