Near-term trends emerging for renewables

04/15/2013 |

A variety of factors related to technology, incentives and business models will affect how renewable energy develops in the near term, writes Nancy Giges. Among other things, solar-panel makers will need to innovate to avoid commoditization of their products, and individual and micro-grid applications of renewables are likely to expand. Energy storage and smart-grid technologies are also expected to advance, she contends.

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