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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 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.

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