Putting solar panels on just one tenth of one percent (0.11%) of land in Nevada would produce enough power to fulfill all of Nevada’s energy needs.
Here are some interesting facts to consider on the potential of alternative energy in our daily lives. On average the need energy for a population of 100,000 is equivalent to the output of 241,000 solar panels. These solar panels would take up 2907 acres or a total of 4.542 square miles (1 square mile equal to 640 acres). In the Southern Nevada the Solar Energy Zone at Dry Lake Nevada only about thirty miles north of Las Vegas, has a total of 120.12 square miles set aside for solar energy production. If fully developed the area would be able to provide sufficient energy for a population of 2.64 million. And subsequently the state of Nevada as a whole has 60,395 acres set aside already for solar fields with a potential production for a population of 9.44 million. These numbers are based off of figures from 2005, and since this time there have been advances to the efficiency of solar panels.
Furthermore the Nevada Bureau of Land Management has stipulated that an additional 9.1 million acres of land could be developed for the use of solar energy production. The potential energy output of this area would be enough to satisfy the energy needs of millions of people. This analysis of the potential of solar energy solely in the State of Nevada did not even take into account the potential energy output if supplemented with other alternative energies or the already developed energy sources of Nevada. The already developed energy infrastructure of Nevada includes the geothermal power production facilities in northern Nevada, the oil fields of Ely Nevada, some solar fields, and the biggest and longest producer of electricity in the state, the Hoover Dam.