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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: "Clean" tech?
By hlper on 7/10/2007 10:30:39 AM , Rating: 2
I am not sure why he got rated down; the post is relevant.

I like the idea of solar as much as anyone, but there are still environmental issues with the manufacture of the panels. Also, the panels are very susceptible to wind and storm damage, making them significantly more fragile than other existing technologies, and eventually the panels and their components will have to be thrown away (or hopefully recycled). So, there are still issues with waste from manufacture and disposal.

We need to continue to think about solar, but its cost:benefit ratio is still lower than competing technologies.

RE: "Clean" tech?
By TomZ on 7/10/2007 10:58:54 AM , Rating: 5
I am not sure why he got rated down

Probably because it is not popular to speak out against the current so-called "green" political movement. Many of these people have a "please don't confuse me with the facts" type of mentality. They decide right and wrong based on romantic notions of environmentalism that are sometimes disconnected from the real facts of the situation.

RE: "Clean" tech?
By jarman on 7/10/2007 1:02:41 PM , Rating: 2
Couldn't have said it better myself!

RE: "Clean" tech?
By blaster5k on 7/10/2007 2:28:02 PM , Rating: 2
Very well said. Emotion over reason...

RE: "Clean" tech?
By Carl B on 7/10/2007 5:22:15 PM , Rating: 2
I don't understand... *who* are these supposed nuke-phobic people supposedly lurking around every corner? This isn't the 80s anymore, and most environmentally-conscious people I know are pro-nuclear.

Has there even been one fervently anti-nuclear post this entire time here? People toss around the word 'environmentalist' the same as they do the word 'liberal,' as if its indicative of some sort of reasoning that comes with massive baggage.

People - deal with it, plenty of environmentally conscious folk are pro-nuclear. Going beyond that though, it would be naive to say that nuclear does not have a lot of costs associated with disposal. Bt above everything, there needs to be a comprehensive review of this nations energy policies.

RE: "Clean" tech?
By Ringold on 7/10/2007 7:04:03 PM , Rating: 2
People - deal with it, plenty of environmentally conscious folk are pro-nuclear.

Disregarding the part of your post regarding people on this board and instead at the environmental movement at large.. Sadly, you don't know your hippies very well. The core of the environmental/'green' movement is vehemently opposed to nuclear power; they hide under the excuse of safety, generally, and occasionally with concerns about nuclear proliferation, neither of which carry the weight of fact. As a prime example, Bill Maher had one more than one liberal guest on his talk show who plugged for their various green project but when asked by Maher (who, like the libs you happen to know, is honest about nuclear power and is a strong supporter) what they thought of nuclear power, they stammered that it just wouldn't work. I particularly remember two musicians-turned-environmental experts. Nuclear power represents a way to avoid an energy crisis, and social revolution will never happen unless the capitalist system comes under extreme duress. Hard to stress the system when its powered by cheap nuclear energy.

Don't take my word for it. A little time with our friend Google and you'll find more anti-nuclear propaganda than you could read all day. There's also a protest any time NASA even thinks of powering a probe with nuclear material to boot.

RE: "Clean" tech?
By TomZ on 7/10/2007 7:47:52 PM , Rating: 3
I don't understand... *who* are these supposed nuke-phobic people supposedly lurking around every corner? This isn't the 80s anymore, and most environmentally-conscious people I know are pro-nuclear.

Well, how about Greenpeace for one. They are strongly anti-nuclear:

Greenpeace has always fought - and will continue to fight - vigorously against nuclear power because it is an unacceptable risk to the environment and to humanity. The only solution is to halt the expansion of all nuclear power, and for the shutdown of existing plants.

(It pains me to quote such complete stupidity as that, but I guess it is necessary to get the point across.)

Google can find you lots more examples of so-called environmentals that are against nuclear power.

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