Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Resources
Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Resources (DRECR) is a
library of analytical writings that demonstrate the economic and conservation
benefits of point-of-use renewable energy generation in the already built

Point-of-use installation is the cleanest and least expensive way to ramp up
renewable energy generation immediately, all while creating the highest
number of local jobs, preserving and improving property values, protecting
local water resources, and boosting the local economy.

Please feel free to use the resources in this website to discover how others
are already benefiting by using the already built environment for renewable
energy generation. You will also learn the downfalls of utility scale projects
that are transmission dependent and actually harm the local economies of
the communities often forced to host them.
Rooftop Solar installation
Point-of-use rooftop solar being installed on a home, creating local jobs, improving the local economy, and conserving open land spaces.
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Studies & Reports
Slideshows & Videos
Photovoltaic Solar Resources map
Learn how other countries with far less sunshine than ours install far more solar panels, mostly on buildings and parking lots.
Economic Oasis Report
Rooftop Revolution article
Germany leads the world in solar panel installations - over 32,000 megawatts!

   - Germany has less sunshine than every state in our nation
   - Majority of installations in Germany are point-of-use building mounted
   - Germany Installs solar PV at over 10 times the rate as California
   - Our Lawmakers know this, yet special interest lobbies control policy judgment

So the next time someone tells you solar must be utility scale and mounted on
bulldozed open land, tell them Germany proves them WRONG! 
Freiburg, Germany. From their roofs this community generates four times the power it consumes. 
The DRECP (Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan) , a multi-agency effort to
plan renewable energy development on between 1.2 and 2.2 million acres of desert land,
was criticized by its own independent scientific panel as flawed and misguided!
From the report:

   - Some of the mapped alternatives for the DRECP would focus industrial development 
     in long- established conservation areas, such as the Desert Tortoise Natural Area

   - The plan fails to mention a number of species of concern that will likely be affected by 
     desert renewable energy development.
The DRECP thinks bulldozers are the way to clean renewable energy. Flawed and misguided? You bet!
"It is a world little touched by humans, save for the odd crumbling mine or homestead, but one which nature adorns with the beauty of the Joshua Tree and spring's brief-lived wildflowers"

DRECP and their solar / transmission line proposals is the newest and biggest threat to the Mojave Desert!
The Mojave Desert was recently named one of the Top 100 unforgettable destinations
in the August 2013 National Geographic Magazine special publication:

"The World's Most Beautiful Places"
Unlike utility scale renewable energy projects built on lands in or near residential areas, solar
on rooftops and parking lots provides great local job growth, protects property values, and
stimulates local economic growth.

"The small scale cost effectiveness of distributed wind and solar enables the
democratization of energy production and local ownership.  For states and cities looking to
maximize the local value of renewable energy, the 1.5 to 3.4 times greater economic returns
of local ownership compared to absentee ownership are compelling." (From the article -
Democratizing the Electricity System - A Vision for the 21st Century Grid by John Farrell.
Ground mounted solar wrong way
Rooftop soar right way
Wrong Way
Right Way
Locally generated renewable energy like rooftop solar reduces efficiency losses from long-distance
transmission of electricity by alleviating line congestion during periods of high electricity use.

Furthermore point-of-use rooftop solar can help reduce the incidence of blackouts. Just 500 MW of
distributed solar could have prevented the massive Northeast blackout of 2003, saving $6 billion.

Utilities try to limit grid tied point-of-use generation systems claiming the grid cannot handle them,
yet studies show local grids can handle as much as 50% of capacity from local generation with no
significant transmission issues.

2013 Basin Energy Assesment Team
Renewable Energy Analysis

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