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Portugal finds a power niche in the sun

by Pat Coate | March 20, 2008
"It's given the whole town a lift. We're all for it."
- Manuel Cipriano Ramalho, parish-council president

Amareleja, Portugal - Broad fields of giant solar panels as big as houses tilt toward the sun in this torrid patch of the Iberian peninsula.

Arranged in tidy rows, like the vineyards and olive groves that quilt the typical Portuguese landscape, the panels belong to a solar power plant that comes on line this month and is due to be the world's largest when it is completed later this year.

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