Today, First Solar Corporation of Tempe Arizona announced that they have been contracted by the Chinese government to build a 2 gigawatt solar plant in the northern Chinese desert. This will be the world's largest. Bigger than the 1G they announced earlier this year. Of course it's not in America, we only want to finance (and celebrate) massive fossil fuel drilling projects here.
Good luck to First Solar and the Chinese Government. After being in China, and seeing how dirty the air is there (the desert is north of Beijing, where the Olympic air was so nasty), and having a basic understanding of solar radiation energy absorption, they'll need lots of Windex (or a cheaper Chinese knock-off) to frequently clean the reflective / absorptive array surfaces, if any efficiencies will be realized.
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