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General Science => General Science => Topic started by: mafew on 04/01/2008 08:21:33

Title: What are the disadvantages of large scale solar arrays?
Post by: mafew on 04/01/2008 08:21:33
  Hi, I was wondering about the potential problems that could be caused by decisions to make large solar arrays based on current technologies, similar to a proposed giant array in Arizona.  What would happen if the solar tech were to have a breakthrough late in the building of such a giant project?  How could a large project leave itself open for improvements with out everything before seeming wasteful?
   Another question I have is about creating large dark colored areas that absorb heat.  What kind of impact would the equivalent of a huge paved area have on the local wildlife and the air temp of the surrounding area?  Would the arrays cast shadows on things that might require light underneath? 

Sorry; a lot of questions!  But I've been wondering about these for a while.  Thanks!   -Matthew Johnson  Winooski, Vermont USA       

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