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World's Largest Solar Farm Opens in Spain

Powers 20,000 Homes

— February 15, 2008 — Eco
The world's largest solar power farm has opened in Spain with an installed peak power capacity of 20 megawatts. It surpasses the solar farm at the Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada which is rated at 14 megawatts. The new solar farm features 120,000 solar panels and covers 100 hectares (247 acres) in Jumilla, a wine-producing region in southern Spain, where 300 days of sun a year are guaranteed. Powerlight (Sunpower Corp.) provides its patented single-axis solar trackers to improve the system´s performance. The farm's total annual production will be the equivalent of the energy used by 20,000 homes and is expected to provide a reduction in CO2 emissions of 42,000 tons a year.
Trend Themes
1. Renewable Energy - Increasing demand for clean energy generation presents opportunities for new solar farm projects with greater capacity and efficiency.
2. Energy Storage - The development of new energy storage technologies will help to provide reliable and consistent energy supply from solar power farms.
3. Smart Grids - Integration of smart grid technology in solar power farms can optimize energy management and improve grid stability, offering opportunities for disruptive innovation in grid technology.
Industry Implications
1. Renewable Energy - Increasing investment and innovation in renewable energy sources like solar provides opportunities for new players to enter the market.
2. Energy Storage - New innovations in energy storage systems will open up new markets and help to provide more efficient and reliable energy supply from solar farms.
3. Electric Power Transmission - Modernization and investment in electric power transmission networks will be necessary to incorporate renewable energy sources like solar into the grid, creating opportunities for innovation in grid technology.
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