An interesting take on the potential of a solar powered America is presented in The Washington Post, by Chris Mooney on November 20, 2014.
It is widely known that among all the sources of alternative energy, the one with the greatest potential is solar. How could it be otherwise? Staggering amounts of solar radiation strike the Earth each day; the only trick is capturing more of it.
In a new report, the Environment America Research and Policy Center seeks to visualize and quantify this potential as it pertains to the United States. The report argues that the U.S. "has the potential to produce more than 100 times as much electricity from solar PV and concentrating solar power (CSP) installations as the nation consumes each year." It adds that every single state could generate more solar electricity than its residents currently consume.
Read the full story here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/11/20/report-america-could-power-itself-100-times-over-with-solar-energy/