Based on the aggregated intelligence of 160,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, geothermal power plant operator Ormat Technologies (NYSE: ORA) has earned a coveted five-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

$1.4 billion


Independent power producers and energy traders

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$415.2 million


Chairman/Chief Technology Officer Lucien Bronicki

CFO Joseph Tenne

Compound Annual Revenue and Net Income Growth (Over Past 5 Years)

13.6% and 31.1%


$46.3 million / $634.5 million


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

On CAPS, 95% of the 455 members who have rated Ormat believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include Buffal0Bill and All-Star mrindependent, who is ranked in the top 1% of our community.

Late last year, Buffal0Bill highlighted Ormat as a rather hot alternative: "Geothermal is a clean, renewable energy source that is prevalent in the western US, and [Ormat] is the best of the geothermal companies. Given the government's interest in promoting "green" energy, [Ormat] seems like a "no-brainer"."

In a pitch from last week, mrindependent tapped the stock's recent weakness as an opportunity to pounce:

Ormat Technologies is an exciting company because it has 30 years of experience in the geothermal energy field. Moreover, the company shows consistent profitability and rapid sales growth. ... I am green thumbing this company now because the stock price has sold off due to concerns about: (1) likely failure of cap and trade and (2) questions about the validity of some of the pro global warming data. ... I think the stock price is likely to move up because the company's unique posture in geothermal energy is simply too desirable to ignore.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Duke is a Motley Fool Income Investor pick, as is Southern. The Fool owns shares of FPL.The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.