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Since the talks about climate change and transitioning to renewable energy became frequent discussions, there have been critics who make it a point of duty to highlight reasons why they think transitioning from fossil fuels to renewable sources will take eons to happen. Their reasons are in two folds:
Firstly, they believe it is too expensive. Secondly, they believe they are unreliable.
Their reasons are totally untrue and we think it’s time we challenged these assumptions.
Renewable energy is a money-making scheme
People believe renewable energy is expensive and as such, the switch from fossil fuel to renewables will be too expensive for mass adoption but this isn’t true.
Renewable energy sources like solar and wind are the cheapest ways of generating electricity and they are also 100% efficient at end-use. The great part is that they can be produced and managed locally.
Renewable energy can’t function in cloudy or windy weather
There’s a somewhat general belief that because renewable energy sources rely on the weather, they are unreliable. This, also, isn’t true.
The industry is developing new ways to make electricity storage and demand management at high times possible and seamless. So, even when it’s not sunny or windy, you can still rely on them to meet your energy needs.
The improvements in terms of generation and storage are resulting in decreased purchasing costs, making it more appealing to customers.
The declining cost of renewable energy signals the need for individuals, investors, and companies to invest.
Governments can boost renewable energy adoption as a means of mitigating climate change, facilitating the economic expansion of the industry, and ensuring a uniform transition for people and communities.
Thanks to development, the system has transitioned into a self-reliant one and this is a good one for the environment. Hopefully, the myth and common assumptions about their unreliability will be put to rest with the improvements.