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Ivanpah - The World's Largest Solar Power Plant - Online Today In The Mojave Desert




The future - at least, one potential solution to our energy and climate problems - is here now. 

As reported by Gizmodothe Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating Systemthe world's largest solar plant, comprising 300,000 computer-controlled mirrors and 450-foot centralized solar power towers powering turbines with steam - started generating electricity today in the Mojave Desert on the California-Nevada border. 





Dedicated today by Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, and jointly owned by US-based NRG Energy, US-Israeli BrightSource Energy and Google (which put up $168 million to help build it), Ivanpah is the world's biggest solar power plant. 







The remarkable photographs tell some of the story, but essentially - according to the official news release - Ivanpah (located on the site of a silver mining ghost town from the mid-1880s) is capable of generating sufficient electricity to power 140,000 California homes with clean energy, and avoid 400,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year - or the equivalent of removing 72,000 vehicles from the road. 










Read more about the remarkable Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System at Gizmodo, on Wikipedia, at CleanTechnica and SiliconBeat. 










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