View Full Version : Elon Musk's Plan To Convert Entire US To Solar Power

July 21st, 2017, 11:46 AM
One of the ways he intends to do that is by pushing for people and industries to adopt solar power. And he reminded more than 30 US state representatives this past weekend at the National Governors Association meeting.

“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,” Musk said during his keynote on Saturday. “The batteries you need to store the energy, so you have 24/7 power, is one mile by one mile. One square-mile. A little square on the U.S. map, and then there’s a little pixel inside there and that’s the size of the battery park that you need to support that. Real tiny.”

In order to encourage states to adopt solar power, Musk laid out his plans to build infrastructure, powered by his company SolarCity, a subsidiary of Tesla. He says he’d like to build the solar panels required himself, in order to fulfil the enormous demand he expects from the transportation and home industries.

1. Combine home panels and large solar farms

Musk plans to use a combination of home panels, as well as more on a larger city-wide scale, in order to meet the needs for electricity. Suburban homes could feature their own solar panels on the roof, or instead of roofing tiles as SolarCity has proposed, while larger installations on the outskirts of cities would help serve public utility needs. In fact, the company had also recently confirmed it will be building a gigantic solar battery to serve power to Southern Australia. In addition, the Tesla Powerpack from SolarCity, a system that uses multiple solar panels and batteries from Tesla’s cars, would help store the solar energy gathered instead of using it on an as-gathered basis.

2. Gradually transition with other power sources

Musk also believes that we can temporarily switch to other forms of power while we make the transition to solar. “We’ll need to be a combination of utility-scale solar and rooftop solar, combined with wind, geothermal, hydro, probably some nuclear for a while, in order to transition to a sustainable situation,” he said on Saturday.

3. Reduce infrastructure needs

Arguably most important, Musk believes the key to successfully implementing solar powered cities is to reduce the amount of visible infrastructure. “People do not like transmission lines going through their neighborhood, they really don’t like that, and I agree,” he said. To do this, he’s pushing for homes to adopt solar panels on their own, in order to be self sufficient and eliminate the needs for power lines entirely.


July 21st, 2017, 12:27 PM
Cool. Don't see any problems with that.

July 21st, 2017, 02:46 PM
As long he doesnt milk government money fine. But most probably this is just one hoax to milk public funding that is going to disappear like "Nacht und Nebel"

July 22nd, 2017, 11:26 AM
His drives are right andd the idea is good, it'll just be interesting to see how this pans out. It's no easy task after all but he's an expert at taking on seemingly impossible tasks, whether they're completed or not (eg. the vacuum railway).

July 22nd, 2017, 05:23 PM
Is that guy a lobbyist for the solar panel industry?

July 22nd, 2017, 09:12 PM
Is that guy a lobbyist for the solar panel industry?

He's the one making the Solar panels so I guess you could say yes.

July 23rd, 2017, 02:58 AM
In this case, his campaign makes even more sense.

Lobbying for solar power and electricity from renewable sources is nowadays a sacred cow in Germany. If we had a Trump who propagates back to nuclear power plants, he would be skinned alive because of heresy.

This is also the reason why Merkel switched off all nuclear power stations. She just likes to keep her skin.