Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System

The world’s largest concentrating solar power plant, the Ivanpah solar electric generating system (SEGS), is under construction in a 19 million acres of land, in the Mojave desert in California-Nevada border, dedicated to American solar energy production. A satellite view of the plant.

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BrightSource, the technical company behind the project, uses solar thermal energy systems to generate power by creating high temperature steam to turn a turbine. But instead of using fossil fuels or nuclear power to create the steam, BrightSource uses the sun’s energy.

-The 170,000 heliostats are equipped with GPS in order to track the sun and computers will align the mirror panels every ten seconds.

-Will generate 392 megawatts of energy, enough to power 140,000 houses.

-Will reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by more than 400,000 tons annually, which is the equivalent of taking more than 70,000 cars off the road.



The project will be completed by 2013.

The Ivanpah project at early stages of development in 2011.

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