I'm starting to think that Moore's law applies to more than silicon chips....maybe to silicon panels as well. It seems that every new solar plant announced is an order of magnitude bigger than the last. And Cleantech's proposal for a 80 megawatt farm is, indeed, an order of magnitude bigger than anything else currently installed (and two times bigger than anything else on the drawing board.)
However! I'd rather not start counting our megawatts before they've been installed. The press release made the rounds to all the major news sources, but no one seemed concerned that all Cleantech has done so far is sent out a press release. They don't have a contract with a panel manufacturer. They don't have a plan for transmission lines and, most annoying, they have not yet located, let alone purchased, the 640 acres of land that will be necessary for the plant.
But if they do get this thing off the ground, it will be a new era in solar power. How long before solar power plants produce hundreds, or even thousands of megawatts? I guess we'll have to wait and see.
-900 Acres of Canadian Solar-
-(previously) The World's Largest Solar Project-
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