Does location optimize solar energy efficiency?

According to a recent study by Stanford University, the question is not should we use solar power energy, but rather, where should we develop it?

Instead of building sprawling energy conservation sites in the middle of nowhere, energy users should invest in solar power or other efficiencies right outside their doors. 

Often, solar energy and other types of power are created far away from the places that actually use them. It takes energy, manpower and money to transfer the energy from these locations to where it is needed most. If this distance was eliminated, and production of energy was engrained in cities, two possible outcomes include:

  • Bringing what actually happens into our backyards: Do you know what an energy-efficient plant looks like? Implementing these areas in cities can decrease confusion about what energy is and how to tap into it. Not every change is just going to be a large windmill. 
  • Utilizing energy-efficient areas already available in cities: If structures are already built and available for energy need changes, why build others? Using flat city roofs for solar energy and other renewable options can minimize the environmental destruction of wildlife habitat and preserved lands. 

Renewable energy testing is currently being conducted in California because of its progress in solar power generation. California is the number one solar energy consumer in the U.S. with more solar installations than all other states combined since 1970. 

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