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Good Day Sunshine

One of the largest solar energy plants in the world went on line in Portugal this winter.

The following article appears in the March/April 2007 issue of Technology Review.

One of the largest solar power plants in the world went on line this winter in the sunny pastures of Serpa, a town in southern Portugal. The plant is owned by General Electric and operated by PowerLight of Berkeley, CA. At its peak, around noon on a sunny day, the solar park can generate 11 megawatts of electricity–enough to power 8,000 homes.

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