Land Useage

 

Think for a moment about the amount of land it takes to put in solar & farms. You don't hear about Oil & Gas farms do you?

Clearing green lands for solar panels - check. 

Making farmland un - workable due to wind farms - check.

Killing livestock to make way for solar farms - check.

 

It's all about "gravimetric density energy." Oil & gas is 80x. Solar, wind, & battery are about 1x-2x.

 

One Marcellus Natural Gas Well Pad (1,000 cu. ft. = 1 kilowatt):

5 acres 

12MMcf/day = 12,000 kw (12 MW)

2400 kw/acre

                                                    

One 2 MW Wind Turbine:

5 acres

34.8% operation  = 696 kw

139.20 kw/acre      

  

One 2MW Solar Farm:

8 acres 

24.5% operation = 490 kw

8,000 panels & batteries (@ 250 watts/panel)                                      

61.25 kw/acre

  

The 'dirty' word NUCLEAR.

1 Uranium pellet = 1 ton of coal = 2.79 barrel of oil = 17,000 cf natural gas.

1 Gigawatt = 431 wind mills = 4,000 soar panels

640 acres/1 Gigawatt = 1562.5 kw/acre

 

As of 2020 there are 67,000 wind turbines in the USA and close to 3 million solar panels with capacity of 120 GW and 100 GW respectively.

That equates to 1.7 MW/windmill & 0.03MW/panel (0.3 kw/panel)

 

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