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Could a Solar Corner of Utah Supply All America’s Power?


During a talk at the Sorbonne University at the 2015 Paris Climate Conference in December, Elon Musk suggested that the world could conceivably be powered entirely by solar energy, and with a lot less solar square footage than you’d think.

“Let’s say if the only thing we had was solar energy—if that was the only power source—if you just took a small section of Spain you could power all of Europe,” he told the crowd. “It’s a very small amount of area that’s actually needed to generate the electricity we need to power civilization. Or in the case of the U.S., like a little corner of Nevada or Utah would power the United States.”

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