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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 DeepBlue1975 on 7/10/2007 4:52:40 PM , Rating: 2
That's completely true...
But if you use rotating solar panels which vary its position according to then sun's position, using a constant angle that is a bit less than optimal but good enough for your purposes, you can cast a shadow that is not the biggest one in any moment, and better yet, is never focused in the same place during the day, so that grass and all that stuff could still grow beneath a solar panel array.

The problem to my idea is that perhaps it'd take, for the panel to move, a bit of the energy it generates, making this yet more inefficient.

The problem with solar energy is not the idea of solar energy as it is, but rather the way that we, by now, know or try to harness that energy.


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