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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 Misty Dingos on 7/10/2007 6:58:57 PM , Rating: 2
Nothing is going to happen to the land. Other than some welcome shade in the desert.

This is the typical response to someone who fancies themselves enlightened and in reality has no concept of what the world is really like.

Would you support a nuclear or coal power plant there instead of the solar array? Not likely. California needs more electricity to meet their growing demands. It has got to come from somewhere. Let me explain.

This is very simple. Try to keep in mind when it comes to power needs. They are going to keep going up. Conserve all you want but the requirements for electricity are going to rise for the foreseeable future. So we are going to have to generate more power. Since we need to generate more power we are going to need more power plants. Wind, solar, tidal, and even ocean currents. We are going to need these power resources. So quit crying about the Gumby desert rat and the purple spotted puke flower. What the rest of us want to hear from you eco-nuts is red is positive and black is negative.

If you can't get these simple facts and are still in denial. Symptoms of this would be wanting the world to turn to an agriran economy or feeling that the world would be better if we just lived in trees again. If this is you then walk or travel to the nearest coast line. Walk into the surf and embrace the mother ocean. Keep walking until the water is over your head. Breathe deeply until no air remains in your lungs. Thank you now the rest of us can go about building the future of mankind and not revert to the past.

RE: 640 acres is a lot of land
By TomZ on 7/10/2007 7:55:15 PM , Rating: 2
Would you support a nuclear or coal power plant there instead of the solar array?

Yes, I would. We have a number of nuclear power plants here in Michigan, and I would support building more, if that was possible. Building solar farms is an inefficient use of land relative to nuclear power.

I'm not saying I think solar is "bad," I'm only saying it is an inefficient use of land, that's all.

Cheap energy is good for our economy and standard of living, and we should work towards efficient, cost-effective ways to produce more energy.

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