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Slide 06:  Global Solar Resources

Slide 06: Global Solar Resources

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In this map you see the solar power potential around the world. Each day, enough solar energy hits the earth to power all of our electricity needs for a year. Think about that for a moment! One day of sunlight equals a full year’s worth of energy.

Notes and Rationale:

There is a general assumption among the public that solar is not sufficient to our energy needs, but there is abundant evidence to the contrary. This visual and talking point helps to counteract this misconception.

In pilot testing, the “social math” statistic proved especially interesting and memorable for visitors. The wording here repeats it, to allow it to have its full impact.

IMAGE: The solar power map shows solar potential in kWh per square meter per day (actual numbers of kWh of energy hitting the Earth), with darker colors representing more energy. This particular map is averaged over a year, so it includes winter/summer oscillation. You may wish to point out that much of the developing world is in high solar areas, which gives an opportunity for those countries to leapfrog over the fossil fuel stage and go right to renewablessimilar to how they have skipped landline phones and gone right to cellular. 

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