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Elon Musk Shares Vision For How To Run The US On Solar Energy

By Brian Spaen

Can the United States run entirely on solar power? Tesla CEO Elon Musk has already developed a plan of action to make it happen. The goal is to combine solar rooftops with utility-scale solar, and it’s more manageable than you might think.

At the National Governors Association Summer Meeting, Musk got on the topic of the solar industry. He labeled the sun as a “giant fusion reactor in the sky” and discussed how we should take advantage of its energy. In order to fuel the entire country, Musk explained how there could be a large solar array paired with a square mile of batteries.

“If you wanted to power the entire United States with solar panels, it would take a fairly small corner of Nevada or Texas or Utah; you only need about 100 miles by 100 miles of solar panels to power the entire United States. The batteries you need to store the energy, so you have 24/7 power, is 1 mile by 1 mile. One square-mile. That’s it”