Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System is the world’s largest solar power plant. 300,000 computer-controlled mirrors, all at 7ft high and 10ft wide, are focused at the top of a 450ft tall tower. The tower then turns water into steam to power turbines which produce energy.
This enormous solar plant, which is jointly owned by BrightSource Energy, Google, and NRG Energy, has been opened for business after a battle with legal tangles.
From the official news release:
The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System is now fully operational and able to supply California customers with electricity. The facility’s three 450ft towers will be able to produce up to 392 megawatts of solar power at its full capacity. This is enough electricity to supply 140,000 California homes with a sustainable, clean energy. Another plus to this is the 400,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year, which is equal to 72,000 vehicles being removed from the roads.
This facility is spread across 5 square miles of federal land, near the California-Nevada border, and is mesmerizing in a way.