Energy-Climate-Water Nexus: Impacts of Solar Distributed Generation on Regional Water Resources

July 28, 2015
Session T2C: Optimizing Water and Energy — Room 106
9:45 am  -  10:45 am

We present our initial efforts at modeling the benefits of large-scale distributed solar generation on regional water resources. While the projected impacts of climate change on regional water resources and the need to reduce water usage for power generation have been well documented, the modeling framework of how distributed solar generation could alleviate those impacts have not been studied in detail. Therefore, in addition to bringing energy generation closer to the demand points and reducing the environmental impacts of fossil-based energy generation, distributed solar generation could also help reduce the impacts of extreme droughts on centralized power plants; thereby, making more water available for other uses – irrigation, industry, and domestic.