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Colorado Energy Consumption Estimates - 2014
Other Colorado Spent Same Source Consumption  
Trillions of btu's converted to megawatthour equivalents

"Solar Radiation for 2-Axis Tracking Flat-Plate Collectors (kWh/m  /day)  Uncertainty ± 9%"  Colorado

                                            0.36 %
 
Square Miles                    Water                    Net Land Sq Miles                    Net Land Acres
      104,094                     374 sq mi                         103,719                                  66,380,160

Average Available Sunlit Hours:                    Minimum                    Maximum                    Multiplier
SolarDirect.com                                                    4.44                               7.47                              5.40                  (24/4.44)

NASA Atmospheric Science Data Center

Note; The replacement of gasoline combustion vehicles replaced by electric vehicles would have net reduction of energy effect of approximately 6,570 megawatts per hour.  (Example; Chevy Volt automobile with a rating of 100 miles per 38 kilowatt hours with an 80% recharge in 20 minutes.) This would have a net reduction of 57,561,764 mWh's annually and 29,170 installed megawatts on 175,022 acres. Currently Colorado consumes 2,124,050,327 gallons of gasoline annually which is equivalent to 77,740,242 megawatt hours. Electric vehicles similar to the Chevy Volt would only utilize about 1,572,725,792 megawatt hours for the same rated miles when compared to an automobile combustion ratio of 25 mpg for a total of 53,101,258,175 miles driven in Colorado.  This would also have the affect of reducing the consumption of gasoline in terms of energy by 1,572,725,792 gallons of gasoline. This would also reduce the equivalent of 15,176,803 tons of carbon dioxide emissions. One gallon of U.S. automotive gasoline is equivalent to 36.6 kilowatt hours of electricity.

2,132,000

1,005,000

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193,000

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  965,000

4,295,000

Solar PV to replace all of Colorado's spent fuels:  4,792  sq miles
= 1 square mile of solar PV in every 21.64 square miles of Colorado's land surface (excluding surface water)

Source: Independent Statistics Analysis
U.S. Energy Information Administration

152,931,910

527,871,076

77,740,242

34,934,073

4,777,058

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9,261,046

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4,730,594

10,579,866

     2,207,387

825,,033,252

     4,295,000

829,328,252

U.S. Accumulative Solar PV To Replace Fuels & Energy  (2014)
6 State Subtotal:   $25,024,038,000,000 USD
6 State Subtotal Acreage:  25,024,038

Coal Fired

Natural Gas Fired

Motor Gasoline

Distillate Fuel Oil

LPG

Residual Fuel

Other Petroleum

Nuclear Electric Power

Hydroelectric

Biomass

Other Renewables

This installed PV solar energy estimate does not include land cost, taxes, additional infrastructure, or any other cost.  And, additional at-load losses when the solar collection minimum service hours can not be met because of less than ideal weather, nor the cost of future growth.

U.S. Department of Energy
1000 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, DC  20585

Colorado Energy Consumption Estimates 2014

Coal

Natural Gas

Motor Gasoline

Distillate Fuel Oil

LPG

Residual Fuel

Other Petroleum

Nuclear Electric Power

Hydroelectric

Biomass

Other Renewables

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829,328,252 megawatthours divided by 8,760 hours per year = 94,672 megawatts per hour averaged

x  5.40 (multplier)  = 511,228 mW p/hr minimum under ideal weather averaged - accessible with battery storage
x  6 acres = 3,067,368  acres
=  1 acre of solar PV in every 21.64  acres
=  29.57 acres of every sq mile of Colorado's land surface.  (excluding surface water acreage)

"Electric Power Net Generation by Primary Energy Source and Industry Sector"         Public Information

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Electric Power Net Generation by Primary Energy
Source and Industry Sector - March 2016
(Megawatthours)

Colorado Energy Production Estimates 2013

Cost:  $3,067,368,000,000 USD
($6,000,000 USD per installed megawatt - BP Solar quote 2001, and others. +)

Other Spent Energy Same Source Data: Lithor


Conversion Tool:  "Online Conversion"
http://www.onlineconversion.com/

To replace Colorado's energy and fuels consumption with solar PV the estimates are as follows.

Colorado

(Includes production less power generation)

Total

The above megawatt estimated requirements are for the replacement of energy and fuels consumed for electricity, heating and cooling, gasoline transportation fuels converted to its electric megawatt equivalent utilizing solar PV. We utilize Colorado's minimun annual ideal weather 30-year monthly-averaged useful daily hours of solar concentration.  These conversions would be Colorado's approximate energy demand equivalents in terms of energy, land, and cost.  For this conversion data set, one solar PV megawatt is equal to approximately six acres.  However, other solar PV installations are currently utilizing up to ten or more acres per installed megawatt. There are thermal solar installations utilizing 44 acres per installed megawatt.  ("resulting in a land-to-power ratio of 44 acres (180,000 m  ) per 1 megawatt.") ref; Thermal Power Towers - "Power Tower Designs"  wikipedia