The World's Largest Solar Plant Started Creating Electricity Today

  • metta

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    Feb 14, 2014 6:51 AM GMT
    The World's Largest Solar Plant Started Creating Electricity Today


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    Take 300,000 computer-controlled mirrors, each 7 feet high and 10 feet wide. Control them with computers to focus the Sun's light to the top of 459-foot towers, where water is turned into steam to power turbines. Bingo: you have the world's biggest solar power plant, the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System.

    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 tons of carbon dioxide per year, equal to removing 72,000 vehicles off the road.

    http://gizmodo.com/the-worlds-largest-solar-plant-started-creating-electr-1521998493
  • PolitiMAC

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    Feb 15, 2014 12:43 AM GMT
    And how many thousands or tens of thousands of dollars more will it cost compared to fossil fuels?
  • galant506

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    Feb 15, 2014 4:17 AM GMT
    PolitiNerd saidAnd how many thousands or tens of thousands of dollars more will it cost compared to fossil fuels?


    I'm pretty sure sunshine is free.
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    Feb 15, 2014 6:21 AM GMT
    PolitiNerd saidAnd how many thousands or tens of thousands of dollars more will it cost compared to fossil fuels?


    You mean the fossil fuels we're running out of?
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    Feb 15, 2014 11:43 PM GMT
    Cool! Exactly the kind of infrastructure projects we need right now. While solar does have a big start up cost, it's ultimately reliable, domestic, and squeaky clean. I hope there are more of these in the works!