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A study led by the University of California, Davis says that siting renewable-energy generation on unconventional spaces could spare other lands for agriculture, wildlife habitat, and other high-value uses. Researchers suggest that rooftops, salt-affected land, contaminated land, and water reservoirs could play host to solar arrays and other renewable energy equipment, alleviating land-use conflicts. This study showed that using these land-sparing site types in the Central Valley alone could exceed California's projected 2025 electricity demands up to 13 times for photovoltaics and up to two times for concentrated solar power.



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