ENERGY AND LAND USE

Replacing hydropower with solar

Dam removal is becoming an increasingly common tool to restore rivers. What would it take to replace lost electricity from removed hydroelectric dams with solar power?

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Fig. 1: A former reservoir reverted to a vegetated, dynamic river ecosystem following dam removal on the Elwha River, Washington state, USA.

Jeffrey J. Duda, US Geological Survey

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Duda, J.J. Replacing hydropower with solar. Nat Sustain 2, 795–796 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41893-019-0372-5

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