Alternative Energy ETFs: Not So 'Alternative' Anymore | ETF Trends

Alternative energy and the sector’s related exchange traded funds (ETFs) are at a pivotal point from going “alternative” to becoming commercialized and ready-to-use as a staple source on which the United States can run.

And it’s not just here. The efforts span across borders, in developing nations such as China. R.M. Schneiderman for The NewYork Times reports that the jobs involved in cleantech, such as solar panel production and manufacturing, are local jobs that create work within the community. Keith Johnson for The Wall Street Journal reports that the Chinese government will boost subsidies for solar power in a bid to juice the development of about 500 megawatts of solar energy in the next two or three years.

The Chinese focus on renewable energy has focused on wind power, but the push has turned toward solar power. The digression of solar power development is dependent upon government support, so subsidy plans are in the making. As a result, solar ETFs are moving higher today.

On our own turf, alternative energy sources come from sunlight, wind, rain, tides and geothermal energy and produce energy. The U.S. government is strongly supporting the use of renewable energy through legislation and is hoping to eventually commercialize these power sources as mainstream energy for the public’s use, reports Ron DeLegge for ETF Guide.

Thus far, the main roadblocks to the plans are falling natural gas prices and empty credit markets, as the start-up and smaller companies need capital to move forward. The less expensive fossil fuels and oil becomes, the less interest there is in alternative energy power sources.