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View Diary: New Report: Solar could provide 100% of world's energy needs by 2050 using only 1% of world's land (204 comments)

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  •  That's not a fair comparison at all. (0+ / 0-)

    Simply looking at the latitude is just as simplistic as just looking at solar insolation and just as misleading.

    Seattle (averaging 78 or so sunny days per year) is on roughly the same latitude as Ulan Bator, which has about 250 sunny days per year.

    Buffalo NY is roughly on the same latitude as the French Riviera. People aren't likely to confuse the climate (and thus the overall efficiency of solar power and necessary power use due to climate) of one with the other.

    •  Seattle can get solar power from Yakima (0+ / 0-)

      or Moses Lake, or wind power from the Columbia Gorge (or wind power from the Puget Sound, for that matter). No problem there. That's what you need transmission infrastructure for.

      We're talking regions, not counties.

      And like I said, it's all hands on deck (lots of different renewable resources) in any case.

      -Jay-
      

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