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Cleantech's solar array will be seven times larger than the next closest rival

Portugal announced in April that it was home to one of the world's largest solar arrays. The 150 acre, 11-megawatt (MW) solar plant was built by Catavento and PowerLight Corporation and is capable of powering 8,000 homes in Serpa.

Cleantech America LLC., a San Francisco-based company, plans to build a solar farm that would far eclipse the one built in Portugal. The new 80 MW farm, known as the Kings River Conservation District Community Choice Solar Farm, will be situated on 640 acres of land and is scheduled to be completed by 2011.

"We're pretty confident that solar farms on this scale are going to have an industry-changing impact," said Cleantech CEO Bill Barnes. "We think it's the wave of the future. This scale of project, I think, creates a tipping point for renewable energy."

"We think the impact for it will be similar to the impact of the computer chip," Barnes continued. "So too will economies of scale like the Community Choice farm drive down the cost of solar."

Cleantech estimates that the energy generated by the solar array will be enough to power 20,000 homes.



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RE: 640 acres is a lot of land
By mars2k on 7/10/2007 9:45:05 AM , Rating: 1
You're talking about desert here. This is one square mile. This is not a solid panel. What critters? What plants?


RE: 640 acres is a lot of land
By LogicallyGenius on 7/10/2007 11:58:51 AM , Rating: 5
ya, its better than those bioFuel farms created by chopping the native forests.


RE: 640 acres is a lot of land
By dever on 7/10/2007 3:41:16 PM , Rating: 2
More importantly, how much special-interest money is helping to fund this? I'd be surpised if this is anywhere near feasible without raping individual incomes through taxation and giving the proceeds to a large energy company.


RE: 640 acres is a lot of land
By RogueSpear on 7/10/2007 9:19:44 PM , Rating: 2
Much more of your money is going to support oil and corn farmers. So what exactly do you mean by "special interest money"? Do you even have any idea of what you're talking about?


RE: 640 acres is a lot of land
By Chernobyl68 on 7/10/2007 6:03:57 PM , Rating: 2
Fresno isn't exactly a desert, is it?


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