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Earthtechling: Army’s Solar Array In New Mexico A World Beater

Last October, Lux Research analyst Edward Cahill wrote: “As hype for [high concentration photovoltaics] dwindles, companies are starting to look into low concentrating PV (LCPV) as an intermediate technology between expensive, highly efficiency HCPV and cheap, less efficient flat panel PV.”

Just a few months later, low concentration photovoltaics has a big new project to hang its hat on, the world’s largest LCPV project in the world, in fact: A 4.1-megawatt ground-mounted array with tracking at the U.S. Army’s White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.

The installation was dedicated on Wednesday in a ceremony that brought out Army brass, including the Obama administration’s point-person on the Army’s green efforts, Assistant Secretary Katherine Hammack.