In addition to helping with the climate crisis, clean energy companies are increasingly providing low-cost energy solutions.
Traditional hydrocarbon energy offerings are based on commodities (i.e., natural gas, oil, and coal) that can trend higher in cost over the long-term as they become increasingly hard to discover and dig up.
To the contrary, clean energy tends to be based on technology that can be refined and produced in volume which tends to allow for decreasing costs over time.
To find out more about clean energy investment options, simply scroll down to discover several lists of clean energy ETFs.
U.S. Clean Energy ETFs
Don’t have a particular preference for one clean energy technology or another?
Then you may want to consider a broad clean energy ETF.
One benefit to going “broad” is diversification. If one clean energy sub-sector happens to be struggling, there might be another sub-sector to pick up the slack.
The following is a list of general clean energy ETFs that are focused on U.S. companies.
To get a sense of how us clean energy ETFs have been performing over the long term, the following is a 2000 to present price chart of FT Nasdaq Clean Edge Green Energy ETF (QCLN).
If you want to go deeper and see a host of charts related to any of the ETFs listed, simply click on an ETF name or enter the ETF ticker or name in the search tool included on every page.
Global Clean Energy ETFs
Interested in diversifying your clean energy investments across the planet?
That’s not a problem as there are several global clean energy ETF options available.
A global approach can further add diversification to your clean energy portfolio.
Solar Energy ETFs
Looking for more of a clean energy pure play?
One sub-sector that holds a great deal of promise is solar energy.
The cost of solar energy has come down dramatically and is already the lowest cost option in many parts of the world.
Wind Energy ETFs
Another pure play within the clean energy revolution is wind.
Similar to solar energy, the cost of wind energy has come down dramatically and in many parts of the world can undercut the cost of traditional sources of energy.
As for pure play wind energy investment options, there is one — the First Trust Global Wind Energy ETF (FAN).
Another sub-sector of clean energy is hydrogen.
While hydrogen has been promised for decades now, it has yet to make a significant impact.
It is also important to note that while hydrogen can be made directly from renewable energy (i.e., green hydrogen), it can also be made from natural gas (i.e., blue hydrogen). Something to keep in mind.
In the end, for investors that want to invest directly in hydrogen related enterprises, there are options.
So how have hydrogen ETFs performed over the past year? The Defiance Next Gen Hydrogen ETF (HDRO) chart below provides an example.
Feel free to click on any ETF name to get its up-to-date one-year price chart.
Clean Energy Infrastructure ETFs
While the idea of solar and wind energy often come to mind when discussing clean energy, there is also the important matter of infrastructure.
For the clean energy revolution to be successful, improvements in the electric grid, storage, and software is a must.
To that end, there is one ETF, First Trust Nasdaq Clean Edge Smart Grid Infrastructure ETF (GRID) that focuses on clean energy infrastructure.
Clean Energy ETFs FAQ
Do any ETFs track the clean energy sector?
Yes. There are 15 ETFs that track the clean energy sector or one of its subsectors.
What is the largest clean energy ETF?
The clean energy ETF with the most assets under management is the iShares Global Clean Energy ETF (ICLN) with over $5 billion.
Which clean energy ETF is the oldest?
Invesco WilderHill Clean Energy ETF (PBW) is the oldest clean energy ETF. It was launched on March 3, 2005.
Do any ETFs track the solar energy sector?
There is one solar energy ETF — the Invesco Solar ETF.
Are there any wind energy ETFs?
There is one wind energy ETF — the FT Global Wind Energy ETF.