World's Largest Solar Farm Opens: A Billion Trees Probably Died to Build It

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A solar farm has opened in Spain that consists of 120,000 solar panels over 100 hectares (247 acres). It also has a peak capacity of 20 megawatts and it can power up to 20,000 homes—making it the world's largest solar farm to date. The farm is expected to generate an estimated annual income of $28 million and reduce CO2 emissions by about 42,000 tons a year.

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Ironically, a huge amount of trees were probably mowed down to get this thing up and running, but local agencies insist that "high environmental criteria" were maintained in the construction of the plant. Plus, they built it in Jumilla, a wine-producing region. That land could have been used to get me drunk. Damn you, solar power! [Technology For Life via Treehugger]

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Hate to bitch, but at first glance having the world's largest solar farm at 247 acres powering 20,000 sounds unimpressive to me, relatively speaking.

I picked a random city and looked up it's statistics, happened to be Denver. Denver reports 239,235 holmes, 10x the size of what the world's largest solar farm can support.

Ignoring that it would be a horrible location for a solar farm, to support Denver means you would need a farm of more than 2500 acres. Just for the one city. It sounds like solar power still has quite a ways to go before it could be a long term solution.