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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 TomZ on 7/10/2007 8:59:33 PM , Rating: 3
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Nuclear seems like a fair product until you have to deal with radioactive waste. Then I'm not all that wild about it.

The nuclear power industry and government has done an excellent job managing used nuclear fuel so far. I haven't heard of any problems or accidents relating to nuclear waste through all the years, have you?

That industry's record is much better compared to the other two major forms of electricity generation - coal and natural gas - where the waste byproducts of burning the fuel are simply released into the environment, including the radiation emitted from coal-fired plants.


RE: 640 acres is a lot of land
By oTAL on 7/11/2007 2:22:07 PM , Rating: 2
You forgot about oil spills...
Thousands of animals painfully dying in a single accident.


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