The Largest Solar Plant In The World Is Fully Functional
By creating solar power plants, we’re definitely heading in the right direction for a cleaner and less polluted Earth. The largest solar plant in the world is called the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System and can be found in the USA on the border between California and Nevada, where it covers a total surface of 5 square miles.
This masterpiece of modern engineering is based on 300,000 mirrors that can be operated remotely with the help of a computer. These mirrors channel sunlight to the top of 3 450-foot tall towers that feature their own steam-powered turbines. The combined electrical output of these turbines adds up to 392 megawatts, which is enough to power 140,000 households. Achieving such a power output through conventional means would result in the ejection of about 400,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere per year.
Aside from its obvious practical purpose, it’s worth noting that the solar plant also looks quite incredible when photographed from above. You can admire it for yourself right now by browsing through the following images.