It's a delicate time for the renewable energy industry. Now that the public eye is focused more intensely on clean energy technologies, there are a lot of high expectations about their potential. Properly educating consumers, investors and journalists about what each technology can realistically offer will be one of the most important factors in moving renewables forward, say industry professionals.

"One of the failings of technology journalism over the years has often been a tendency to focus on the technical potential of new products to the exclusion of the present technical challenges that need to be overcome." -- Peter Fairley, Technology Journalist and Author