Solar Companies Roll the Dice

Paonia, Colorado [High Country News] Gambling that the economics of energy are changing, two new companies have proposed building the largest solar power plant in the world. New Solar Ventures and Solar Torx, both based in Phoenix, Ariz., plan to construct a solar power plant and a factory to manufacture the necessary photovoltaic cells. The 300-megawatt plant near Deming, N.M., would be 30 times bigger than the largest solar-powered plant now online, located in Germany. Company officials estimate startup costs at $1.6 billion.

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