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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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By Spivonious on 7/10/2007 9:51:22 AM , Rating: 2
If 11MW can power 8000 homes, then shouldn't 80MW power 58000 homes? Where did they get this 25000 home estimate?

RE: Huh?
By Brandon Hill on 7/10/2007 9:55:56 AM , Rating: 2
Aren't Americans typically more power-hungry than the rest of the world?

Just a guess (pulling it out of my buttox). That could factor into the equation...

RE: Huh?
By Spivonious on 7/10/2007 9:59:08 AM , Rating: 2
That is a good point. Although, it's not like Portugal is an undeveloped country. They seem to be the new beach destination in Europe.

RE: Huh?
By masher2 on 7/10/2007 10:04:57 AM , Rating: 2
> "Aren't Americans typically more power-hungry than the rest of the world?"

No. Our per capita energy consumption is ~7790 kgoe (2003 data). Nations such as Canada, Iceland, Bahrain, Kuwait, the U.A.E., and even Trinidad and Tobago are higher than this. Qatar's per-capita consumption is nearly three TIMES higher than ours.

RE: Huh?
By Brandon Hill on 7/10/2007 10:10:42 AM , Rating: 2
United States: 7,794.8 kgoe
Portugal: 2,482.0 kgoe

That's where the difference comes

RE: Huh?
By Ringold on 7/10/2007 7:22:20 PM , Rating: 2
I knew Portugal was pretty bad even by European standards, but thinking those numbers looked strange I checked. Comparing GDP PPP, and accounting for unemployment and nearly non-existant growth, yeah, those energy consumption numbers make sense. A "developing country" right on the tail end of Europe.

I'd mention which party is in control in Portugal, but nah.

RE: Huh?
By Shintai on 7/10/2007 9:56:22 AM , Rating: 2
Because they dont waste as much energy in Portugal per home as in the USA?

RE: Huh?
By TomZ on 7/10/2007 9:56:35 AM , Rating: 2
The problem is that you are assuming that the homes in that region of Portugal use the same amount of energy on average as homes in that part of California.

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