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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 Tsuwamono on 7/10/2007 2:40:23 PM , Rating: 1
The reason they are against it is because its good now but bad down the road. Although if we dont do something now there wont be a down the road to worry about lol. I think Nuclear is the best option to buy us time to figure out Fission.

RE: 640 acres is a lot of land
By blaster5k on 7/10/2007 2:58:37 PM , Rating: 2
I think you mean fusion. Lots of money has been spent over the years trying to produce a working fusion reactor without much success. It remains to be seen if it will ever be a viable concept. Some people think it might be a hundred years before we overcome a lot of the issues with it. Fission is quite sustainable anyhow -- especially with reprocessing and breeder reactors. Supposedly, the fuel supply will last longer than the sun will.

RE: 640 acres is a lot of land
By Terberculosis on 7/10/2007 4:09:28 PM , Rating: 2

I think 100 years is a bit of an overestimate

RE: 640 acres is a lot of land
By Ringold on 7/10/2007 6:32:11 PM , Rating: 2
It's being built in France. Doesn't bode well.
Notice the artists rendering on the home page. It doesn't exist yet.
Even when it's completed, completion doesn't mean successful operation.
Even when it's succesfully operated, that doesn't mean commercial viability.
Commercial viability doesn't mean "Fusion power plants in every back yard!"
I wouldn't count on ITER or fusion in general to save the day any time soon..

RE: 640 acres is a lot of land
By Chernobyl68 on 7/10/2007 6:07:28 PM , Rating: 2
pretty sure we already have fisson fugured out! :p

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