Everything is bigger in Texas, same goes green power. Officials from Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group, believe solar technology, all by itself, could supply electricity for the entire state.
But the solar panels are no small order. To feed Texas’s energy needs, the photovoltaic plants would need to cover an area of 30 miles by 30 miles.
In the study, researchers found Texas has the potential to generate 148,000 megawatts of juice from solar technology. Currently, the total solar capacity of the United States is only about 9,000 megawatts.
The types of solar engineering include parabolic troughs, parabolic dishes/sterling engines, central receivers, linear fresnel reflectors and solar water heaters. All sorts of complicated stuff, but it sure sounds impressive!
Luckily, things like photovoltaic are quick to produce and cheap. Other contraptions, such as setting up mirrors can increase energy intensity and superheat liquid that can be used to produce power even on cloudy days and at night.