Tesla CEO Elon Musk has an idea — to power the entire United States on solar power alone. His idea requires less space than one would think and has even taken it upon himself to meet with a majority of state governors to talk about the possibility of implementation nationwide.
Musk, who is becoming increasingly well-known for developing energy-saving initiatives across the world, spoke at the National Governors Association in Rhode Island earlier this month. There, he explained that to make the United States completely renewable, he would only need a small amount of land.
As reported on Inverse, Musk explained to the Governors:
“If you wanted to power the entire United States with solar panels, it would take a fairly small corner of Nevada or Texas or Utah; you only need about 100 miles by 100 miles of solar panels to power the entire United States. The batteries you need to store the energy, so you have 24/7 power, is 1 mile by 1 mile. One square-mile.”
Currently, only 10% of the U.S. runs on renewable resources, and Musk is trying his best to infiltrate the market with additional options for those who are trying to be a bit more energy conscious. Tesla has recently released a solar panel design that he hopes will help fill the large demand for energy needed across the country in transportation, heating, and electricity.
Tesla isn’t the only company that has been trying hard to incorporate renewable resources into our daily lives. The U.S., for example, is a leader in installed geothermal capacity with more than 3,300 megawatts in eight states. Not to mention that American scientists have developed one of the world’s most absorbent solar cells.
Scientists in North Carolina have created a solar cell that is able to convert direct sunlight into electricity at a rate of 44.5% efficiency. This is a staggering feat as the typical solar cell can only absorb energy at a rate of 25%.
The cell works quite simply — there are multiple layers of solar hardware stacked onto the one cell, and each absorbs a different aspect of the solar spectrum.
So it shows that Musk may be onto something, as the solar revolution may only be a few steps away.