Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, geothermal power plant operator Ormat Technologies (NYSE: ORA) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Ormat's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Ormat facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Reno, Nev. (1965)

Market Cap

$1 billion


Independent power producers and energy traders

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$388.4 million


Chairman/Chief Technology Officer Lucien Bronicki

CEO Yehudit Bronicki

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)



$64.8 million / $825.7 million

Dividend Yield




Calpine (NYSE: CPN)

United Technologies (NYSE: UTX)

Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 95% of the 490 members who have rated Ormat believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include sciencedog and All-Star jeffrycooks, who is ranked in the top 20% of our community.

Earlier this month, sciencedog tapped Ormat as a timely opportunity:

Really bottomed out as of now. Company is involved in projects worldwide. Geothermal is the next renewable energy, with no reliance on sun or wind that tend to change from location and weather. The inner parts of the earth are a constant and the basis behind this energy form.

Over the next five years, in fact, Ormat is expected to grow its bottom line at a solid rate of 15% annually. That's faster than listed competitors like AES (12%), Calpine (7%), and United Tech (11%).

CAPS All-Star jeffrycooks elaborates on the Ormat bull case:

Gimme a ... break, this stock will be a winner in the near future -- can you say Fukushima! Germany is banning all nuclear power plants at least for the time being. Geotherm has got to become a rapidly developing and prospering energy source for everyones concern.

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