"In just six hours, the world’s deserts receive more energy from the sun than humankind consumes in a year. (x)
Certainly puts things into perspective. We just got solar on our house this year. They install and maintain for free. There’s absolutely no cost to the home owner. The only difference is that you pay the solar company for your electricity instead of PG&E (and you pay the minimum rate). Every time my husband and I see the large, flat, empty roofs on commercial buildings we shake our heads. Why the hell wouldn’t you throw solar panels up there?
This solar panel square in the Sahara is just not possible in this world, first you would have to carry the power to the rest of the world which would be a total waste of energy and so the square would need to be bigger Then to invest in this you must think who would own these, if it’s private company, it would be too dangerous for the world to trust them, perfect occasion for a company to lobby, else if it’s own by the country it’s on (in this case Algeria) what country would like to be dependent and trust a country to ensure world energy for ever and ever… I will not even talk about how strategic in a war the control of these would be… Because this is just scary..
I think you’re taking this to literally. It’s not like it has to be there. They’re just saying that it would take a comparatively small amount of space to power the entire planet. Stick solar panels all over the roofs in areas that get adequate sunlight. That helps. Natural gas/coal/oil collection is extremely bad for the environment, not to mention the chemical output from such energy forms. The point is that there are better, cleaner alternatives available and we’re just not using them as much as we should.