California’s Ivanpah solar thermal power plant basks in the glory of the sun!
What better place could you chose to play home to the biggest solar energy power plant in the world, than the sunny state of California, right? Well, that’s exactly why this plant in the Mojave Desert has begun operations off late, basking in the glory of the sun and powering up the grid with clean solar juice. Located 80 kilometers southwest of Las Vegas and is 14 square kilometers in size, the Ivanpah power plant sports over 300,000 rotatable mirrors (heliostats)!
These heliostats concentrate sunlight and heat onto three 140-meter-high solar towers, heating them up to 1000 degrees Celsius. The plant is capable of generating a whopping 392 megawatts of electricity and will produce about 30 percent of all solar power in the U.S.
[Via – Spiegel]