tis a worry for the future as well as now
but the fossil fuel industry have the power
Well Italy has more sun and so people are more open to installing solar panels there whilst the US has an economy similar in size to the EU so it's bound to have spent more than us.
I think the domestic approach to renewable energy is not the answer for most people. Solar panels and the like can only generate a fraction of one's electricity needs so the solution must be at regional and national levels.
We need to the country to invest in renewables, not for individuals to be putting up solar panels here, there and everywhere.
Solar panels take a lot of energy, materials and rare earths to produce and probably pollute more than just getting electricity from the grid. Imagine if everybody had these, just making them and shipping them would pollute the earth greatly.
There is research into a type of nuclear reactor which doesn't run on nuclear fuels. This means that it is clean and isn't so dangerous (the only danger being if the plant explodes killing workers like any other power station). No nuclear waste, no leaks, no contamination - perfect. But it's only in proto-type stage, currently it is too expensive. Britain and America are currently co-operating on research and attempting to make it affordable for use to generate electricity on a large scale.
Just imagine if it is possible - cheap, abundant renewable electricity:
The only down side so far is the amount of electricity actually needed for the nuclear reaction in the first place, but just look at the returns!: