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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 ttowntom on 7/11/2007 12:18:37 AM , Rating: 2
> "but they still haven't found a way to replace entire mountain tops that are literally removed during mining."

Sure they have. Its called 'putting all the dirt back where you got it'.


RE: "Clean" tech?
By RogueSpear on 7/11/2007 6:23:41 PM , Rating: 2
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Sure they have. Its called 'putting all the dirt back where you got it'.

Well to date I have not seen this done and even if it had I doubt you could argue a pile of dirt is even remotely similar to the mountain tops that have been removed.

I know I'm wasting my keystrokes here. Anything can be rationalized somehow.


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