Continuing on my theme of energy –this time on the overlooked area of just how much land is used to generate all this so called new alternate energy sources. Given the alleged interest in the total environment that solar and wind advocates profess one needs to look at just how much of their precious land is being used to generate this alternate power.
Thankfully , a new study by Utah State University helps to illuminate in this area.
Just how much land does 1 Mega Watt of electricity use for different energy sources ?
Well, according to this study:
Coal——— -12.21 acres
Natural gas —12.41 acres
Nuclear ——-12.71 acres
Solar ———43.5 acres
Wow! Funny you never hear about that!
Now that is only one mega watt.
How many mega watts of electricity is produced by coal in the US?
Well enough to involve 5227 sq miles
And if this was natural gas 5191 sq. miles
If nuclear ——-5139 sq. miles
But if all that coal generated electricity in the US was generated by Solar?
65,958 sq. miles ! By wind ? 65, 914 sq. miles and hydro–194,425 sq. miles !
How large is the State of Georgia ?
57,906 sq miles
How large is the Island of Newfoundland?
43,000 sq. miles
It would take the area of 10 Connecticuts.
How large is the three Provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island?
50,781 sq miles.
So just to replace coal with solar or wind in the US the land area would be greater than all the Maritime Provinces of Canada or the State of Georgia.
Nice to know in what direction we are heading.