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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 Comdrpopnfresh on 7/10/2007 9:42:48 PM , Rating: 2
"Bush was the first person in power I ever saw who really started to push for clean energy and to throw us away from fossil fuels. In fact, I don't know of any other country even trying as hard as the US under Bush is--although information is changing all the time, so who knows. And I mean try, not simply talk about it. All the grants and subsidies to researchers working on clean fuel like hydrogen, and diesel and so forth, not to mention forcing the car companies to start upping gas mileage. "

I don't care what your political views are, but misconstruing the facts is just...
This administration has made it easier for refineries and coal power plants to expand without meeting current emissions controls, let along proposed limitations.
It is an energy carrier. and it is horrible! There is not a hydrogen fairy that farts out the gas. It takes much more electricity to break water into hydrogen and oxygen. This energy would come from the coal plants we have! How is that a reduction in dirty sources? Then the hydrogen has to be shipped... Which takes tonnes of space and money. Plus- there is no material or technique known to man to hold enough hydrogen to run a car the distance of a gasoline counterpart. Fuel cells? ARE A BAIT AND SWITCH. They manufacturing returns are horrible, and they involve precious and rare materials such as platinum to work. and what do they do? Produce electricity! Batteries have a strong future, with li-poly batteries a very good source of storage. Also, capacitors are coming along. It was the federal government that came in and told California that it could not demand auto companies to sell electric vehicles, which killed the electric cars (watch "who killed the electric car"). as for gas mileage- cars in the 80's had better mileage. The fact that companies can offer a hybrid or ethanol capable vehicle and then have another that consumes more gas and pollutes more is not a step in the direction. and both bush and clinton are to blame. Diesel is a mucher better fuel than gasoline, but has more smog-forming emissions. where are the grants for bluetec technology? and why isn't algae-based diesel being looked into more? instead why divert cattle feed to ethanol, which has less energy than gasoline, and burns faster. We then ship corn from outside the country, diary prices rise, and we still burn tonnes of coal a day to produce ethanol. So how is this not wasteful: coal is mined, shipped to plant along with corn being shipped, then the coal is burned, and the ethanol produced, then the ethanol is shipped to refineries.... it is stupid to transfer one energy to another like that....

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