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Bright Potential for Solar Power in California

A study published by Nature Climate Change, “Efficient Use of Land to Meet Sustainable Energy Needs,” finds that using sites within the built environment, California could generate enough energy from solar power to exceed the state’s needs. In reviewing land, energy, and environmental compatibility, researchers identified more than six million available acres—of previously developed land—to be used for small-scale and utility-scale energy generation from photovoltaic (PV) cells and concentrating solar power (CSP). The bright future could mean 14,600 tWh in PV generation and 6,000 tWh in CSP generation—or, enough energy to power the Golden State five times over.

Post last edited on: 2015 March 20


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