A beautiful photo essay showcasing one of the world’s largest solar power plants was recently published in Technology Review. The entire gallery of photos, archived under “Good Day Sunshine”, can be viewed at the Technology Review Web site.
This southern Portugal PV plant is expected to produce 21,340 megawatt-hours of electricity each year. The plant also illustrates economies of scale. According to PowerLight, the plant’s operator, it was less expensive to build one large array than to spread the cells out into smaller groupings or onto rooftops. In addition, the land will be used for dual purposes. The installations are situated far enough off the ground to allow livestock grazing.
The PowerLight Web site includes extensive press release coverage the array.
For more Design News coverage on this installation and other solar arrays, check out my recent posts: “Located: List of Large Solar Arrays” and “Imagining the World’s Largest Solar Array to Power a Nation”.