Water Impacts of High Solar PV Electricity Penetration

Research output: NRELTechnical Report


Water availability and usage is an important concern for the energy sector. In some cases, the dependence on water for thermal electric power plant cooling has been a vulnerability and has led to power plants curtailing generation (e.g. Brown's Ferry nuclear power plant in the summer of 2007, among others). Solar power technologies also require water to varying degrees throughout their life cycle.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages24
StatePublished - 2015

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-6A20-63011


  • solar power
  • thermal electric power plants
  • water dependency


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