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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 JediSmurf on 7/10/2007 10:26:57 AM , Rating: 2
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There is sheeps and other domestic animals walking around the solar panels and eating grass.


Oh come on, "there is sheeps?" subject-verb conflict is acceptable enough. English may not be your language even, but "sheeps"? Sigh.


RE: 640 acres is a lot of land
By blckgrffn on 7/10/2007 10:43:08 AM , Rating: 2
I actually raised sheep growing up, and I know that at least my area, sheep were sometimes called "sheeps" just for kicks... I doubt that happened there though =)

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