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5 Ways To Take 100% Renewable Energy From Dream To Mainstream


GREENTECH MEDIA — It’s good to stop and celebrate the progress we’ve made to date. We’ve come a long way.

But, of course, we have a long way to go in the United States before the dream of 100 percent clean energy becomes a reality.

Some countries have already reached this goal, not just modern industrial countries like Norway, but even Costa Rica, which until recently was a largely agricultural economy. And in the United States, many institutions, companies and cities are 100 percent renewable or will be within five years, including Georgetown, Texas; Ithaca, New York; Stanford; American University; Google; and Whole Foods.

While I expect this trend to continue, with solar as a large component of the mix, it is not happening fast enough.

As a 25+ year veteran of the solar industry, I often get asked for my thoughts on what can be done to establish solar as a more thriving, mainstream industry. First and foremost, we need to keep a laser-like focus on installing new solar (and now solar and storage) projects. At the same time, we need to view ourselves as visionaries, people who don’t just wait for the system to adjust but who take active steps to push solar to the tipping point.