139 countries could be 100% powered by wind, water, and solar energy by 2050

❝ The latest roadmap to a 100% renewable energy future from Stanford’s Mark Z. Jacobson and 26 colleagues is the most specific global vision yet, outlining infrastructure changes that 139 countries can make to be entirely powered by wind, water, and sunlight by 2050 after electrification of all energy sectors.

Such a transition could mean less worldwide energy consumption due to the efficiency of clean, renewable electricity; a net increase of over 24 million long-term jobs; an annual decrease in 4-7 million air pollution deaths per year; stabilization of energy prices; and annual savings of over $20 trillion in health and climate costs…

❝ The challenge…is one of the greatest of our time. The roadmaps developed by Jacobson’s group provide one possible endpoint. For each of the 139 nations, they assess the raw renewable energy resources available to each country, the number of wind, water, and solar energy generators needed to be 80% renewable by 2030 and 100% by 2050, how much land and rooftop area these power sources would require (only around 1% of total available, with most of this open space between wind turbines that can be used for multiple purposes), and how this approach would reduce energy demand and cost compared with a business-as-usual scenario…

❝ …Jacobson says that the overall cost to society (the energy, health, and climate cost) of the proposed system is one-fourth of that of the current fossil fuel system. In terms of upfront costs, most of these would be needed in any case to replace existing energy, and the rest is an investment that far more than pays itself off over time by nearly eliminating health and climate costs.

RTFA for a clear exposition. There’s a link available to the original paper published in JOULE. Much heavier reading. A necessity for real scientific analysis and review.

2 thoughts on “139 countries could be 100% powered by wind, water, and solar energy by 2050

  1. ¡vamos! says:

    México: The owners of what will be one of the largest solar arrays in Latin America just secured $224 million in financing for a coastal project in Sonora. https://fronterasdesk.org/content/671881/massive-sonoran-solar-array-gets-224-million-financing
    In February, the Spanish firm Acciona and Mexican firm Tuto Energy began construction of the facility near Puerto Libertad, Sonora. That’s a small coastal town about 150 miles northwest of Hermosillo on the Sea of Cortez. The plant is expected to be fully operational by early 2019.
    The more than 1.2 million planned solar panels will generate 963 gigawatt hours, enough to power nearly 600,000 Mexican homes, according to a release from Acciona. The array will be approximately the size of 333 soccer fields.
    The funding comes from four banks, including the North American Development Bank.

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