On Sun, 22 Jun 2008 03:15:29 +0100, Eeyore
Yes ,the 10% is a fair approximation in most situations currently.
The OPs reason for asking though was the more basic question of how
many solar panels in a distributed environment will it take to replace
351 GW worth of nukes, and power line losses arnt the only factor to
consider, as even in a distribured power generation regime
they still exist.
When replacing a generation scheme which runs 24/7 with one that
doesnt , you have to explain where the power comes from when the solar
panels arnt producing, because however its done , it will result in
additional line losses due to the impracticality of having large dams
located next to peoples houses.
Large dams are currently the only viable way of storing large amounts
of power and getting the power to and from them , plus the storage
losses adds an additional set that arnt there in the original model.
Nukes dont need hydro dams.