When we think of solar power we visualize vast solar panel farms in the desert. And that was certainly the case with 1.0 as shown on the cover photo.
But the future of solar power infrastructure may look more like this in future if Solar Earth Technologies has a say in the matter:
Yes, sidewalks and other urban infrastructure like parking garage roofs, trails, driveways etc with photovoltaics embedded therein.
And the race is on. California already generates about 20% of its electricity from solar. California has mandated that 100% of its electricity must come from renewable sources no later than 2045 - a mere 23 years hence. But as solar power spreads globally, locating the power generating infrastructure has issues.
The map illustrates the optimal regions for solar power generation though it can be generated anywhere there is sunlight. Regions closer to the Equator have obvious advantage for higher efficiency generation.
So make sure to listen to Tuesday’s podcast when Anders Kruus will discuss the unfolding future of solar power.