Only 100 square miles of solar panels are required to power the entire US

Tesla CEO Elon Musk — whose firm makes electrical vehicles and has a brand new solar roof panel division — informed greater than 30 state governors at the National Governors Association assembly in July precisely how a lot land is required to power the entire nation on solar vitality.

“If you wanted to power the entire United States with solar panels, it would take a fairly small corner of Nevada or Texas or Utah; you only need about 100 miles by 100 miles of solar panels to power the entire United States,” Musk mentioned at at the occasion in Rhode Island. “The batteries you need to store the energy, so you have 24/7 power, is 1 mile by 1 mile. One square-mile.”

It’s “a little square on the U.S. map, and then there’s a little pixel inside there, and that’s the size of the battery park that you need to support that. Real tiny.”

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