Take 300,000 computer-controlled mirrors. Focus the Sun's light with them to the top of 140-metre-high towers, where water is converted into steam to power turbines. The result: you have the world's biggest solar power plant, the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System.
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 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year, equal to removing 72,000 vehicles off the road.
Sprawling across a staggering five square miles of federal land near the California-Nevada border, it looks awe-inspiring in its grandeur. Just look at these amazing images:
Photos: BrightSource Energy, Inc.