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Solar in California's urban areas could provide 5 times the power the state needs

Lucas Mearian | March 17, 2015
Photovoltaic panels deployed in urban areas could produce 15,000 terawatt-hours per year.

"As California works to meet requirements that 33% of retail electricity be provided by renewable sources by 2020 and that greenhouse-gas emissions be 80% below 1990 levels by 2050, our research can help policymakers, developers, and energy stakeholders make informed decisions," said Field, director of Carnegie's Department of Global Ecology. "Furthermore, our findings have implications for other states and countries with similarly precious environmental resources and infrastructural constraints."

 

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