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Title: Land-Use Requirements for Solar Power Plants in the United States.
Author: Ong, S.; Campbell, C.; Denholm, P.; Margolis, R.; Heath, G.
Pages/Volumes: 47 pp.
Publication Year: 2013
Document Type: Research Report
NTIS/GPO Number: 1086349
Subject Code Description: Energy Analysis
Abstract: This report provides data and analysis of the land use associated with utility-scale ground-mounted solar facilities, defined as installations greater than 1 MW. We begin by discussing standard land-use metrics as established in the life-cycle assessment literature and then discuss their applicability to solar power plants. We present total and direct land-use results for various solar technologies and system configurations, on both a capacity and an electricity-generation basis. The total area corresponds to all land enclosed by the site boundary. The direct area comprises land directly occupied by solar arrays, access roads, substations, service buildings, and other infrastructure. As of the third quarter of 2012, the solar projects we analyze represent 72% of installed and under-construction utility-scale PV and CSP capacity in the United States.
Accession Number: 56290
Library Notes: NPL-1306 REV
Report Numbers: TP-6A20-56290


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