World’s Largest Solar Thermal Plant is Online 3

Stretching five miles across the Mojave desert in California, the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System consists of three 459 foot tall towers surrounded by over 300,000 software-controlled mirrors.

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The mirrors will reflect and concentrate sunlight to water boilers that sit atop the towers.  The heated water will create superheated steam which will then be piped to a turbine where electricity will be generated.  It is estimated that the electricity from the project will be enough to power over 140,000 homes.

World’s Largest Solar Thermal Plant is Online (5)

 

The Ivanpah solar thermal power system will use BrightSource’s proven solar tower technology to produce clean, reliable solar electricity to more than 140,000 homes. Located in Ivanpah Dry Lake, California, the three-unit power system will be built on approx. 3,500 acres and will create more than 2,100 jobs for construction workers and support staff.

World’s Largest Solar Thermal Plant is Online (4)



World’s Largest Solar Thermal Plant is Online (3)

World’s Largest Solar Thermal Plant is Online (2)

World’s Largest Solar Thermal Plant is Online (1)

 

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