Hey, sometimes we do big things too.
80MW of pure power, this minute it is the world's biggest, but that
record won't stay very long.
Oh, and it is spelled solAr, not solEr....so keep your spelling-nazi
shirt on, C-less...<G>
Just checked Earth, not there yet.
The location is at Plank Rd & Churchill Line, sometimes called
Now you will see a racing oval (I think for exercising horses) north
of Churchill and the Voltaic farm is between it and hwy 40 and all
that land north of there is covered in panels now.
This is only part of it.
Thanks for the info. I have been comparing this site with some solar thermal
sites near Kramer Junction in California.
The photovoltaic site seems to be comparable in land area (per megawatt)
with the solar thermal facilities.
Somebody turned down the lights
"Construction of North America's largest solar farm remains on hold
following the sale of OptiSolar Farms Canada, a move that has required a
project redesign. The new owner, First Solar, hopes to increase the output
of the farm to 80 megawatts from 60 megawatts, said spokesman Peter Carrie."
But, let's see: 80mw/445 hectares = 80,000,000/44,500,000sq.mt = 1.8 w/sq
You're off by an order of magnitude. 445 hectare is 4,450,000 sq mt.
Furthermore, according to the owners "Enbridge" <www.enbridge.com>
(a) the 80mw capacity _is_ online. 60mw addition to the original 20mw
OptiSolar plant _Completed_ 'September, 2010'
(b) The 1.3 million modules have a total surface area of 973,000 sq m.
80Mw(peak)/973,000sq. is about 82 watts/sq m. which implies a theoretical
efficiency somewhere in the 30-40% range.
Realistically it's expected to generate about 120 million kWh/year, which
works out to a sustained 1.36mw over a 24-hour day. This reverse-engineers
to around 5 watts/sq.m over the total daylight hours. factor in something
reasonable for 'unfavorable' weather, and it still looks like 10-15%
'average' effective conversion. Not too shabby..
On Mon, 25 Oct 2010 14:08:26 -0400, email@example.com wrote:
That means what? There's only 50' of snow in the banana belt in the
winter? Looked it up: about 48" of snow there.
Banana belt my arse! <brrrrrr>
If you're looking for the key to the Universe,
I've got some good news and some bad news.
The bad news: There is no key to the Universe.
The good news: It was never locked.
It keeps the frost out of the ground.
The excavators, here, claim there is never frost in the ground at 45 degrees
Snow doesn't mean extreme cold. Did you look at the average temp?
Besides, 48" over 4 months is nothing considering there are thaws in
You want to talk snow? Talk to jo4hn.
I'd be willing to bet that I could count the number of banana trees
growing in the open in Sarnia on less than one hand.
Me? I think 1" of snow is too much, once a year. Any questions?
Most people assume the fights are going to be the left versus the right,
but it always is the reasonable versus the jerks.
-- Jimmy Wales
Before coming to SoCal, I considered 50F and below as not fit for
After being here for awhile, I've revised that to 60F and below.
These days if I want to see snow, strand in doorway, cup of coffee in
hand, look north and see snow on the mountain tops less than 50 miles
That's close enough for me.
Sarnia enjoys one of the warmest climates in Canada. Adjacent to Lake
Huron, a large freshwater body, the climate is moderated year-round.
Summer temperatures are a few degrees cooler than inland areas of
southwestern Ontario and winter temperatures are warmer. Winters in
Sarnia, unlike the rest of Canada, are short and mild with minimal
snowfall. Spring comes early and summers warm temperatures remain long
into the autumn.
Normal Daily Temperature and Precipitation, Sarnia, Ontario
That 48" snow was a 150 year storm.
Stratford gets 175 to 275 inches of snowfall per year.
Sarnia gets, mabee, 32 inches - and it doesn't stay around very long.
It IS the "banana belt"
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