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Sun May 26, 2013, 06:17 PM

10. Never say never, but space for solar is not limited here

Something would need to drive innovation and adoption, and I'd imagine that a lack of space for traditional panels would be probably be a major consideration if it were to happen.

We have no such shortage here.

Myth #1
Solar electricity cannot contribute a significant fraction of the nationís electricity needs.

Solar electric panels can meet electricity demand on any scale, from a single home to a large city. There is plenty of energy in the sunlight shining on all parts of our nation to generate the electricity we need. For example, with todayís commercial systems, the solar energy resource in a 100-by-100-mile area of Nevada could supply the United States with all of its electricity. If these systems were distributed to the
50 states, the land required from each state would be an area of about 17 by 17 miles. This area is available now from parking lots, rooftops, and vacant land. In fact, 90% of Americaís current electricity needs could be supplied with solar electric systems built on the estimated 5 million acres of abandoned industrial sites in our nationís cities.
- Myths about Solar Electricity (DOE)

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