LOCALIZED POWER: OUR BEST ENERGY BET
SLO's best and brightest energy future depends on a commitment to "distributed generation:" the production and local use of renewable energy from multiple small-scale sources, such as photovoltaic (PV) urban solar.
The Energy Foundation produced a Navigant report in 2004 that estimated nationwide residential and commercial rooftop PV potential. Navigant estimated a nationwide 2010 residential and commercial rooftop PV potential of 711,864 MW. Navigant did not estimate the vast U.S. commercial parking lot PV solar potential, which is at least as large as the commercial rooftop potential and would put total 2010 PV potential above 1,000,000 MW. The average U.S. electrical load is approximately 475,000 MW.
Machesna Wilderness hike
Photo by Gary Felsman