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Sammy_Roth t1_j7vyt3a wrote

Hey, that's a really interesting question, thank you! I hadn't heard that before about higher-altitude land, although some quick Googling lends credence:

Overall, though, I think climate is probably a much bigger factor -- see these NREL maps of U.S. solar resource, showing how much stronger it is in the desert Southwest than elsewhere:


mmahowald t1_j7w0w6u wrote

that makes sense, and the maps make it pretty darned clear. :) I have some family in new mexico and now im recalling all the large empty, sunny land.