Just imagine 300,000 computer-controlled mirrors, each measuring 7 feet high and 10 feet wide. This is the short description of world`s largest solar power plant today. All these are controlled by towers measuring more then 459 feet in which water is transformed into steam to power the turbines, all these are a huge step into the future, a step entitled Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System.
The project encountered lots of regulatory issues along with the legal residential electricity comparison that de-marks its launch today. The humongous, enormous solar plant is jointly owned by NRG Energy, BrightSource Energy and Google.
From the official news release:
The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System is now operational and delivering solar electricity to California customers. At full capacity, the facility’s trio of 450-foot high towers produces a gross total of 392 megawatts (MW) of solar power, enough electricity to provide 140,000 California homes with clean energy and avoid 400,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year, equal to removing 72,000 vehicles off the road.
The ensemble is sprawled across no less the 5 square miles, 5 square miles of federal land near the California/Nevada border, from above offering a mesmerizing view, the view of progress.
Photos: BrightSource Energy, Inc.