The months ahead could be the best of times or the worst for renewable energy. The Covid-19 pandemic has released an unprecedented macro-economic trauma on the world, creating a terra incognita for all sectors, but few more so than the rapidly evolving wind and solar power industries as they navigate their way into the energy mainstream. Whether a year from now the impact of the coronavirus on the trajectory of the energy transition is judged to have been cataclysmic or revolutionary is epitomised by the physicist Niels Bohr’s words: “Prediction is very difficult, especially if it’s about the future.”