The best place for solar energy is… New Jersey?

August 1, 2013 by  
Filed under Green Energy News

New Jersey probably isn’t the first place to come to mind when you think of solar energy, but a study published earlier this month in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences says that the best places for renewable energy are those that will get the most out of it.

… cloudier New Jersey is actually the state that will get the most value from switching to photovoltaics, not because of the amount of sunlight in the Garden State but because adding solar power capacity there would result in the greatest reductions of greenhouse gas emissions and dangerous pollutants.

In addition to climate concerns, the researchers also factor in societal value. While a solar and wind power presence is rapidly growing in the Southwest and Midwest, Carnegie Mellon researchers argue there other regions in the U.S. that are better suited for these alternative energy options.
John Platt of Mother Nature Network writes, “Using their criteria, they say the best sites for future wind and solar would be Ohio, West Virginia and western Pennsylvania, all of which rely heavily on coal.”
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