The Deployment Dilemma: Where Should We Put Wind and Solar Power?

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CGD conducts research and analysis on a wide range of topics related to how policies and actions of the rich and powerful affect poor people in the developing world.

Over 100 countries have adopted national renewable power targets, with particular focus on wind and solar power (WSP). WSP offers many socioeconomic and environmental benefits but it has two major drawbacks: 1) it's comparatively costly and 2) it's not always available when we need it (i.e. intermittency). While the upfront costs of WSP continue to fall over time, the cost of maintaining power system reliability in the face of intermittency will increase as WSP expands.

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The Deployment Dilemma: Where Should We Put Wind and Solar Power?