Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Take a Tour of California's Insane Solar Thermal Energy Plant

Source: http://gizmodo.com/take-a-tour-of-this-insane-solar-thermal-energy-plant-i-1210577404

Take a Tour of California's Insane Solar Thermal Energy Plant

Sometime in the next few months, the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System will flip the switch on the largest solar plant of its kind in the world: A 377-megawatt, 3,500-acre solar thermal energy system. It's located in California's Mojave Desert near the Nevada border and it's ridiculously big. I would suggest going to check it out in person during your next Vegas binge weekend, but from the 15 freeway it's little more than a silvery blur—a rippling, mirage-like, silvery blur that feels like it might sear your retinas if you look at it too long. So it's a good thing they've just posted this incredible virtual tour.

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