I'm a big fan of solar myself, even though it is energy intensive to build (but this is changing, see honda soltec), it is the easiest thing to get. People complain about how much space it takes,
Have the BEEN to Arizona? West Texas? We have plenty of space...
One thing that would help solar, I think, is if it was easier to get your own home array permitted. I know that there are safety reasons, but I think they are overblown. Tough to get utilities interested in selling less electricity, I guess.
i would have no problem having a wind generator built on my property...thier not unsightly (even kidna interesting to watch) quiet, and they take up relatively small space(compared to other energy scources)(theres a big cluster of about 35-40 of these things about an hour away from me and seeing all of em move is really kinda cool)
just oil and coal companies want to line thier greedy pockets as usual...
Seeing them being transported to their chosen destinations is pretty interesting also ! I've seen the soutbound lane of I35 closed down in between 1:30 am and 4:30 am by the *monster* sized rigs that haul them - both lanes are fully taken up (the on/off ramps appear to be scary at best ) .
Hydro is a bad way to go though. It destroys the river systems that are harnessed. The Colorado river is a great example of a HE infrastructure completely devastating a region. The Colorado river doesn't even reach the sea for a large part of the year.