09 May '12, 1am

L.A. Can Generate 5 GW of Solar Power Using Virtually No Additional Land, Minimal Backup

The city of Los Angeles has more than 12,000 acres (48.5 million square metres, 19 square miles, or 48 square km.) of rooftop space available for an array of solar panels large enough to generate 5.5 GW (5,500 MW or 5.5 billion watts) of electric power, according to a recent announcement from the Los Angeles Business Council. Simplified Distributed Solar Illustration. The figures are not very realistic, but it gets the point across. Click the image and then click it again on the next page to see a larger version of it. Benefits of Distributed Rooftop Solar Schemes Like This Due to the fact that rooftop solar schemes involve only a few or several kilowatts of solar panels per rooftop, rooftop solar panels are spread out (distributed) over a much larger area than they would be if installed in a typical solar power plant. Typical utility-scale solar power plants contain many ...

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2012/05/08/la-5-gw-of-solar-powe...

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