Surface Area Needed to Solar Power the World

How much surface area would be needed to power the whole world with solar panels?

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496,805 Square kilometers or 191,817.483 square miles

Just to give you an idea of what this would actually look like, take a look at the image below.

This info-graphic shows the cumulative surface area required to power the entire planet with solar in 2030 (678 quadrillion BTU), given that solar panels will have 20% operating efficiencies.  This includes all electrical consumption, down to machinery and transportation.

Original Article on Go Green Solar





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