18 Jun '17, 12pm

Google’s Project #Sunroof Could Help Unlock #SolarPower in the United States @EESI https://t.co/8qHL48NiO3

Google’s Project #Sunroof Could Help Unlock #SolarPower in the United States @EESI https://t.co/8qHL48NiO3

The program also provides critical big-picture data, especially in terms of quantifying the overall rooftop solar potential in the United States. According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), the average U.S. home uses 10,812 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of power each year. This means that one gigawatt-hour (GWh) is enough energy to power approximately 90 homes for one year. The city with the highest solar roof potential, as determined by Project Sunroof, is Houston, Texas; Project Sunroof estimates that rooftop solar could generate a whopping 18,940 GWh per year from Houston if the city used solar panels to the fullest extent. That's enough to power 1.7 million homes (there are 1.4 million houses in Houston, according to the U.S. Census ). If the cities with the top ten greatest solar energy potential maximized their output, they would collectively produce enough ener...

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