The surface area required to power California with 100% renewables

Impressive infographic showing the exact area required to power California with 100% renewable energy.

Based on how much power each county currently consumes, this infographic for California depicts a mix of renewable energy technologies and how much land would be required to implement them.

Click the above image to enlarge.   Credit LAGI

According to Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI):

California has enacted an ambitious carbon reduction policy to bring emissions down to 40% below 1990 levels by the year 2030. We decided to take a look at what the land use impact of energy has been on California in the past, and what a real shift to a 100% renewable energy infrastructure might look like.

“Much of the infrastructure can be located within our cities—on rooftops and through creative and community-owned applications in public spaces. The rest could easily be located in the places that have already been disturbed by oil and gas extraction—the dark dots on the map.”

LAGI provides a platform for artists, architects, landscape architects, and other creatives working with engineers and scientists to bring forward human-centered solutions for sustainable energy infrastructures that enhance the city as works of public art while cleanly powering thousands of homes.

via inhabitat