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Potential for Renewable Energy in the San Diego Region

Renewable energy in the San Diego region shows details for green business development for solar, hydro, biomass, wind and geothermal.

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green globe with glasses The results of a collaborative, 18-month study by a group of local energy experts confirm that there is significant technical potential in the Region for development of several types of renewable energy sources. This conclusion is supported by a rigorous technical examination of data and can be the foundation of the Region’s renewable energy policy and implementation strategies. Technical potential exists to serve a substantial amount of the Region’s capacity and energy needs with renewable power. The approximate locations for major renewable resources in the Region are illustrated As a point of reference, the system peak demand for 2004 was 4,065 MW, and total energy requirements in the Region were 20,578 GWh. These figures include customers served by SDG&E, as well as other energy providers.

Online Contents of the "Potential for Renewable Energy in the San Diego Region -- August 2005" Study.

Chapter 1: Executive Summary
Chapter 2: Solar Photovoltaic Electric
Solar Photovoltaics(PV), Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) Chapter 3: Solar Thermal Electric
Chapter 4: Wind
Chapter 5: Geothermal
Chapter 6: Other Renewable Resources
Biomass, Small Hydro, Chapter 7: Renewable Resources in Baja California
Chapter 8: Future Work
Appendix A: Glossary
Appendix B: Key Drivers of Future Development of Renewable Energy in the Region
Appendix C: Solar Electric
Appendix D: Solar Charts and References
Appendix E: Solar Thermal - Concentrated Solar Power
Appendix F: Wind Resources
Appendix G: Renewable Resources in Baja California

Collaborators in the study:

San Diego State University, Center for Energy Studies
Rohy Consulting Associates
Sempra Energy
San Diego Regional Energy Office
Resley Consulting
Tanaka Research and Consulting


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