It is positive to see how renewable energy is making its way into mainstream around the world. Like many alternative technologies, it takes some time to gain acceptance and the learning curve to run its course. New technologies have setbacks at their inception and costs are relatively high until economies of scale make it more accessible to a vast number of consumers. During this developmental time there are forces against the development of these technologies because of direct conflict with existing technologies. There is the fear from existing technologies of potential competition and possible displacement from the market place because of better yields and overall benefits that in the short/long run make the older technology obsolete or unable to compete. In the past, the introduction of the railway, electricity, air conditioning, aviation, telephone, bridges, automobiles, Fax, internet, etc. they displaced existing technologies and had to endure obstacles like political lobbying, negative media, price fixing, sabotage; anything to make them look inefficient and protect the status quo. This process has repeated itself many times in history with the emergence of something new and better.
Today, In the case of renewable energy, the evolution process has not been any different and after a decade of implementation there is tangible evidence of positive results. One of the reasons for having low oil prices today is because of alternative energies that have enabled countries, cities, towns and individuals, to use energies other than fossil fuels. This dramatic reduction in oil prices has benefited the economy and has broken a cycle of high prices, dependency, and huge profits for mega oil companies. The environment has benefited as well with less pollution. These technologies are on the increase in their respective markets and there is no turning back.
Solar-China is the largest manufacturer of solar panels but Germany is the largest producer of solar energy followed by China, Italy, Japan and the United States. In the United States California leads in solar power generation.
Wind-In Europe Germany, UK, Denmark, and Netherlands are leading the way in wind generation farms. They are reducing their dependency from Russian fossil fuels and other suppliers and have aggressive expansion plans. China and the United States lead per capita around the world.
EV Autos- The overall growth in the US during 2014 was over 20% compared to the previous year in number of units. The Nissan Leaf leads the list with 30,000 units sold, followed by the Chevrolet Volt with 18,800 and Tesla Modes S with 17.300 units.
(These indicators vary from report to report and in the way they are measured, but illustrate the point)
Creativity and Innovation drives human nature