We need an area the size of Texas for wind and solar. Here’s how to halve it.

The researchers used a statistical model to discover the suite of technologies that would minimize land impacts.

Imagine that all 462 billion watts of electricity consumed in the United States last year were supplied by a single source of power, rather than a mixture of different technologies. This is how much land each power source would require.

If nuclear power plants generated all U.S. electricity, that would occupy 469 square miles of land, including the land for mining uranium, storing spent fuel and connecting to the electricity grid.

That’s about the size of Madison County, Idaho, population 53,000.

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Source: The Washington Post

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