What does it take to power the whole of the state of California? Apparently not much more than solar panels placed on the roofs of buildings and covered parking lots, according to a new study published in Nature Climate Change.
The study brings up an interesting discordance, in a way -- as solar projects in California just seem to be getting more and more "ambitious" and gaudy (I can't say for sure if this is the type word that I want to use). I suppose that's the Californian way though, isn't it?
Is there really a necessity for truly massive concentrating solar projects (CSP) somewhere way out in the middle of the desert when all that we really have to do is spur the uptake of rooftop (commercial + residential) solar and parking lot solar? Especially when you consider the large transmission losses that always accompany electricity production that's situated far away from the point of use?
Hmm... The findings of the new study are no real surprise -- many have said such things in recent years -- but perhaps they will have some effect this time? Could they result in a stronger push towards rooftop and parking lot installations? We can hope so.
Even if change isn't forthcoming in the great (and problem-racked) state of California, perhaps someone elsewhere (in the regions where it's sensible) will take heed and make a stronger push towards rooftop + parking lot solar installations.
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