15 Jun '11, 7pm

Land use is not a barrier for distributed renewable energy

Land use is not a barrier for distributed renewable energy

Photo: Graham This post originally appeared on Energy Self-Reliant States , a resource of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance's New Rules Project . A column in The New York Times last Tuesday suggested that land use is the greatest environmental problem facing new renewable energy. While getting the facts terribly wrong, it opens a door to talk about the advantages of distributed generation such as a unique proposal by Republic Solar Highways to put solar photovoltaics (PV) on highway right-of-way in California. Robert Bryce's column, "The Gas is Greener ," suggests that wind and solar have a large land footprint compared to gas and nuclear power, and therefore the latter are wiser environmental choices. Of course, Bryce hasn't read about the Germans, who have installed 10,000 megawatts of solar PV in the past two years, over 80 percent on rooftops . Bryce's concern for ...

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