This is cool:

GE Energy Financial Services and renewable energy firms PowerLight and Catavento said Thursday they will build the world’s largest solar plant in Portugal, a sign that solar power is becoming mainstream.

Construction on the 11-megawatt plant will begin in May, and the plant will be completed—and generating power—in January, said PowerLight, the Berkeley, California-based solar-electric power systems integrator that will operate and maintain the plant.

What’s cool is that this is being built by a private company, not with the help of some government subsidy. As technologies improve, we’ll see more and more of these alternative energy projects.