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Renewable energy growth only goes as far as the supply chain takes it

Posted 09-17-2010 at 02:46 PM by Albert Fong

Renewable energy has been a topic many have discussed over the past few years, and here in California, it tends to be a highly visible issue especially during election years. Silicon Valley, once solely a tech haven, has gradually evolved and expanded into green technology. From harnessing the sun through solar cells to converting algae into fuel for vehicles, renewable energy is finally getting the acknowledgement it deserves.

With that said, the industry of renewable energy is facing a critical time that will either hinder or elevate it. Deloitte's Global Energy & Resources Group recently released a report on the top 10 issues and trends in renewable energy. Among them, the core issues focus on government regulation, sustainability and funding sources. Flexible regulations and financial incentives in the past have helped to nurture the industry. But with the current economy, those policies and incentives are on shaky ground. In addition, funding sources are in constant demand as startups and emerging companies seek the time, and human and technological resources to grow their green businesses.

One important part of the study focuses on the supply chain, and the need to significantly develop this area to meet the needs of renewable energy companies. In any business, technology only goes so far and scalability is essential for growth and sustainability. Deloitte points out new investors to renewable energy should look to the supply chain. And why not? Besides having a reliable network for receiving and delivering resources, collaborating with partners and customers is often the difference between success and failure when it comes to credibility and reputation.

As I've often discussed, the supply chain is the lifeblood of any business. Considering how spending on the supply chain tends to be secondary for many organizations, creating and maintaining a viable supply chain network for renewable energy would certainly be something to tout.

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