The use of renewable energy sources like solar, wind, and hydropower is on the rise throughout much of the world, accounting for more than one-quarter of the world’s electricity generation in 2018. That figure is expected to approach 50% by the middle of this century.
Several factors account for the rapid transition to renewable energy sources that’s currently underway in many countries. Chief among them is the growing political will to lessen our reliance on fossil fuels. The result has been policies and rebates to promote the industry, increasing investment in the sector and driving down costs.
The shift to renewables can’t come soon enough. Renewables provide incentives that go far beyond just their positive impact on our carbon footprint. The following are just a few of the most important reasons why renewables are a necessary and exciting step for humanity.