In March 2017, wind and solar accounted for 10% of all US electricity generation for the first time ever. Although this may not sound high compared to other countries with much stronger clean energy programs such as China (who reached 21%) or Germany (34%), it reflected a really major achievement in both technologies which overcame numerous barriers including lower initial costs due largely from government incentives like free land agreements that make up about half their cost to still becoming competitive even without them.

With the ever-increasing demand for clean energy, wind and solar have been able to take on a major role in supplying it. These technologies not only provide electricity but also help with other aspects such as how we produce our fuels from fossil carbon dioxide emissions which affect climate change! The following is an explanation of some barriers these power sources face today:

Cost Barrier

Solar and wind are clean energies, but they have one major barrier to widespread use: the cost. To start with capital costs-the upfront expense in building these renewable power sources– which can be expensive due to their need for constructing new technology or maintaining existing installations like solar panels on rooftops across America’s heartland.

Market entry

It’s not easy for new technologies to get off the ground. One major barrier that needs addressing before wind and solar can penetrate deeply into our economy is competition from other energy resources, like gas or coal which are still cheaper at present prices than renewables with low-cost options available today through large capacity installations of panels on rooftops throughout America’s urban centers.

The Siting and Transmission

Decentralized renewable energy is the future of clean and sustainable power. It’s small generating systems spread across a large area that work together to produce more electricity than they use, which means it can help with grid resiliency too! However, there are still some problems like siting of transmission lines in order for them all to be overloaded at once; this would make wind farms the most productive place geographically speaking but also where most people live because we’re pretty attached (and proud) about owning property near our homes.

The potential for a renewable energy future is clear, but in many parts of the world planners still underestimate its value. Renewable energy resources offer long-term savings and economic stability that can’t be found with fossil fuels or nuclear power plants – yet many areas Planning departments don’t take notice until someone else points it out for them. Renewable energies such as wind and solar provide an important solution to our growing global energy needs while also being more environmentally friendly than other forms of generation.

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  • Editor in Chief Melissa is a well-known financial analyst for Top U.S companies and has hosted muliple Executive Finance Programs internationally. She now spearheads the team alongside our senior editor.

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