Environment California Research & Policy Center's Report Identifies Solar Opportunities Alongside Highways in California
The state of California is now looking to leverage its extensive highway network to harness untapped solar energy. A report by the Environment California Research & Policy Center reveals that three Southern California counties alone possess significant solar energy opportunities within the state's highway right-of-way.
According to the report, Los Angeles, Ventura, and San Diego counties contain over 4,800 acres of suitable space for solar power development alongside highways. If these areas were covered with solar panels, they could generate enough electricity to power more than 270,000 homes annually. This represents an opportunity to add 960 MW of clean energy capacity, producing an estimated 1,960.9 GWh of electricity annually.
The report considers all land alongside highways, excluding environmentally sensitive or protected areas, roadway clear zones, and those in proximity to critical infrastructure. The Environment California Research & Policy Center suggest that focus on highway-side solar installations can lead to several advantages including: