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March 14, 2007

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greg_nate

2,300 megawatts will power more than 1,400 homes.

Engineer-Poet

You are confusing megawatts with megawatt-hours.  To convert annual MWH to MW average, divide by 8760.

DavidJ

Not 2330 MW but 2330 MWh.
That only leaves 190 W per house which is fairly meagre.

Ewout

With the american average of 10MWh that would be enough for 233 homes (or 776 with the average of Europe)

Nick

2,330 MWhrs, and 1.9 MW capacity gives a a capacity factor of only 14%. I would have thought that Sunnyvale, CA would have done better than that.

It is "Sunny" vale, after all!

Steve Yang

2330 Megawatt-hours sounds great, but this estimate shows that they only expect 3.4 good
productive sunlight hours per day.
Most properly designed system should expect to get around 4.5 to 5 hours of good productive
hours in this region.

kim

Steve -- Maybe they are just estimating conservatively? Or the planning department wants it to look attractive rather than be efficient? :-) (if you have ever worked with a planning dept, they can be like that....)

TheSunsHarvest.com

Thanks for posting this.

Jack

any upadates for this project? have they finished building the giant solar system in California? if they have it must be really cool!

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