Renewable energy, and in particular solar energy, is not yet as efficient as the generation of energy from exhaustible sources, such as oil, gas and coal. Yet, because the latter will at some point be exhausted, a switch from the latter to the former will have to happen at some point. Some want to encourage this now, none the least because of the pollution aspect of exhaustible resources, and I have argued before that such encouragement should happen by taxing 'bad' energy instead of subsidizing 'good' energy.
Now imagine that switching is costly, but that switching brings us into a regime where the quality of life grows faster. Then one would not want to switch when the two energy sources are equally efficient, but rather earlier. The main reason is that one wants to exploit the additional growth effect. This is essentially the argument of Simone Valente in a recent paper, using an endogenous growth model.
Of course, this result hinges on the fact that renewable energy leads to stronger growth. As non-renewable energy sources become more scarce, their price increases. But this price is capped by the price of renewable energy. This means that once the price of energy does not increase anymore, or even declines as this renewable energy becomes more efficient, growth can rely more on energy again and not build down energy use due to its scarcity.