Solar could meet California energy demand 3 to 5 times over

The Puertollano Photovoltaic Park in Puertollano, Spain, a 47.6 MW installation in the Mediterranean biodiversity hotspot. Credit Rebecca R. Hernandez

The Puertollano Photovoltaic Park in Puertollano, Spain, a 47.6 MW installation in the Mediterranean biodiversity hotspot. Credit Rebecca R. Hernandez

Via ECN:

In the face of global climate change, increasing the use of renewable energy resources is one of the most urgent challenges facing the world. Further development of one resource, solar energy, is complicated by the need to find space for solar power-generating equipment without significantly altering the surrounding environment.

New work from Carnegie's Rebecca R. Hernandez (now at University of California Berkley), Madison K. Hoffacker, and Chris Field found that the amount of energy that could be generated from solar equipment constructed on and around existing infrastructure in California would exceed the state's demand by up to five times. It is published by Nature Climate Change.

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