I found a very interesting article on the Nanosolar blog about Municipal (2 - 10MW) solar power plants. A couple of things really stood out to me:
Municipal solar power plants are an avenue for delivering a GigaWatt of power in a state through one solar farm each in a few hundred cities — local to where the power is needed — as opposed to constructing a new coal-fired or nuclear plant. They can also be deployed very rapidly. (It takes 10-15 years to get a new coal plant done; a solar plant can be done in 12 months — provided no administrative blocks exist).The whole article's quite interesting.In any region with a decent amount of sunshine, there is no more economic way of reliably providing municipal power during the day than through a municipal solar power plant.
Now if only we could get a couple of hundred of these up and running in the next couple of years.