Using solar energy to arrest the increasing rate of fossil-fuel consumption: The southwestern states of the USA as case studies

D. Faiman, D. Raviv, R. Rosenstreich

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Abstract

The paper first reviews some recently introduced ideas concerning the feasibility of realizing concentrator photovoltaic systems on a very large (state-wide) scale. In particular, energy and cost assumptions are re-discussed, the concepts of double and triple sustainability are recalled and used to perform a sensitivity study of the various assumed parameter values. The model is then applied to each of the southwestern states of the USA in order to assess the economic potential for each state to freeze its fossil fuel consumption at present levels and to provide all future electricity needs entirely from solar. It is found that the scheme is economically feasible for all of the states considered, varying in attractiveness from Utah (where low electricity tariffs are problematic), to California and Nevada, where the economics are by far the most attractive among all the states.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)567-576
Number of pages10
JournalEnergy Policy
Volume35
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2007

Keywords

  • Concentrator photovoltaics
  • Raviv model
  • Solar energy

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