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2019

Department of Materials Science and Engineering Publications

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Could 79 People Solarize The U.S. Electric Grid?, Joshua M. Pearce, Emily Prehoda Mar 2019

Could 79 People Solarize The U.S. Electric Grid?, Joshua M. Pearce, Emily Prehoda

Department of Materials Science and Engineering Publications

Although wealth inequality has many established negatives, this study investigates a potential positive, unprecedented wealth concentration makes it possible for solutions to large and seemingly intractable problems to be deployed by convincing a relatively small number of individuals to invest. In order to probe this potential outcome of inequality, this study quantifies the number of people necessary to radically reduce the greenhouse gas emissions responsible for global climate destabilization from the U.S. electric grid, which is one of the largest sources of emissions. Specifically, this study determined that 1544 GW of solar photovoltaic (PV) technology must be deployed to ...