The election of Donald Trump as the 45th US president is not the news the global wind and solar sectors hoped to wake up to – but it’s also not cause for despair.

If there’s one thing that’s long been clear when it comes to Trump and renewables, it’s that he doesn’t understand what he’s talking about. That’s bad news on many levels, of course, but in a sense it’s also cause for optimism.

Trump and his advisers are about to get an education in many areas, including the realities of the energy industry.