California is one of, if not the most, environmentally progressive states in the Union. This is not about politics (well, at least this post isn’t), but more about being realistic and taking steps to help slow down (and eventually eliminate) the global warming problem.
A privately held, SF-based company, Cleantech America, is funding a new project to create the “world’s largest” solar farm outside of Fresno. This enormous solar field will produce energy for nearly 21,000 homes in the area. Upon its scheduled completion in 2011, this solar farm will be 17 times the size of the next largest U.S. solar farm. (CNN).
Solar energy is definitely key to a cleaner, greener future. This massive project comes on the heals of another recently announced solar initiative from Spain. The “solar tower” is Europe’s first commercially operating solar power station. “It works by focusing the reflected rays on one location, turning water into steam and then blasting it into turbines to generate power.” (BBC). It will produce enough energy to power 600 homes initially, with a plan to eventually generate enough energy for 600,000. (Read more: Wired).
“The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do.”
– Galileo Galilei