Gallery: NREL Report Shows Existing Solar Technology Could Power the En...


A new study from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) states that the US has the technology and the solar capacity to power every home across the states with energy from the sun! Researchers found that the US has the ability to make and deploy systems able to generate as much as 200,000 GW of energy – or about 400,000 TWh of energy annually. To give that some perspective, 1 GW is what a standard nuclear power plant can generate, and it’s enough to power approximately 700,000 homes. In short, if the US put its mind to it, it could power the entire country with solar power.

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  1. bthinker August 3, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    You know, germany recieved 26% of it’s power from solar, over 14terawatts. The US is way behind most powerful nations at this point, left in the dust(quite literally at the moment). I guess coal and mercury filled rain was cheaper than renewables in the short turn so they stepped over a dollar to pick up a dime.

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