27 Jul '12, 6pm

US Could Install 200,000 GW of Solar Power, New Study Says

Now there's a big difference between what's technically possible and what's technically, politically, and financially practical, but a new study of the solar power potential of the US should give great pause. PV Magazine reports that NREL's new analysis of the technical potential of solar photovoltaics and concentrating solar power in the US places the total amount that can be installed just under 200,000 GW, capable of generating just under 400,000 Terawatt-hours annually—hugely exceeding the concentrating solar power has a potential of just over 116,000 TWh. But utility-scale solar PV in rural areas is really where the actions at, with 280,613 TWh of electricity technical capable of being generated each year. The full report also goes into the potential of other renewable energy sources, but these far trail the technical potential of solar power. Onshore wind power was f...

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