26 Apr '11, 8pm

Myths about Large-scale Solar Threaten Public Lands

Myths about Large-scale Solar Threaten Public Lands

As someone deeply concerned about this issue, I find it particularly vexing to hear the same myths used again and again to argue for the inevitability of this approach to solar development. These myths deserve to be looked at more closely. “We can’t meet RPS without Big Solar .” One rationale for Big Solar frequently cited is that the states' renewable energy portfolio standards (RPS) cannot be met without building "some" industrial-scale solar projects. National environmental groups, for example, frequently state that it is proper and necessary for public lands to play a role in providing room for Big Solar. Yet studies show that California's RPS, for example, could be met just with decentralized PV. To meet California's target of 33 percent renewables by 2020, about 2,000-2,500 megawatts of PV would have to be installed each year. Even with its small size and low solar i...

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