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July 21, 2007

WORLD’S LARGEST SOLAR ARRAY Planned For California!

by Jorge Chapa

WORLD’S LARGEST SOLAR ARRAY IN CALIFORNIA, solar power, electricity, sustainable, california, pg&E

Continuing California’s quest to decrease dependence on fossil fuel-based power plants, the largest solar array farm in the world will be built in the Golden State, providing zero emission electricity to Central Valley residents.

To be created by Cleantech America, in conjunction with the Kings River Conservation District, the plant will produce over 80 megawatts, producing twice as much power as the next largest planned power plant to be built in Germany. It will be built in three different phases, with a total final energy output of 80MW by 2011. To put it into perspective, the largest planned solar power plant in the US is a 15MW plant located at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada.

Interestingly enough, this wasn’t the only solar power plant announced by this company. Last month, it announced a partnership with PG&E (last seen here, and here) that they would be building the third largest solar array in the country, also in California.

As we all know, solar power in-grid zero emission provides peak power when it is needed most, during the hottest times of the year. And at this scale, solar power starts to become economically viable. “This is a visionary step by Kings River Conservation District. The extraordinary economies of scale which can be achieved by facilities of this magnitude would have a dramatic effect on helping solar energy achieve grid parity.” said Bill Barnes, CEO of CleantechLLC America .

+ World’s biggest solar farm planned in California

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6 Responses to “WORLD’S LARGEST SOLAR ARRAY Planned For California!”

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Michael V. Says:

I wish the Governor Pennsylvania, Ed Rendell would put “his money were his mouth is!” and follow in the
foot-steps of California in creating wind and solar power plants instead of patching up the coal burning power plants. But, I am sure that the coal, oil and natural gas lobbyist have their hands deep into his pockets! Pennsylvania is better known as the “PAY TO PLAY” state.

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Wow… This is really exciting. I was born and raised in the central valley. Now when I tell people that I’m originally from there I can say it with pride.

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Huon Says:

How much will this cost?
How long will it take to pay off?
Good step though.

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California and Arizona are really providing great leadership in the solar power field.

My home state is Texas, which has (surprisingly) moved aboard the movement towards alternate energy sources far more than I would have expected. We certainly have large swaths of largely useless land where the sun shines much of the time and would make a perfect home for vast solar arrays.

With government participation, the time-frame of returns becomes far less critical. Besides, U.S. (and other Western) businesses would be well-advised to take a page from the manual of Asian businesses — and that of their shareholders. Folks here think of ROI in terms of *decades,* not the few *days* of a single quarter.

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[...] the Mojave Desert is one of the hottest spots for solar energy. Last year, plans for the world’s largest solar array got underway in this ideal energy harvesting setting and the latest news is just as groundbreaking. [...]

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