Ivanpah’s solar farm has 347,000 software-controlled mirrors that track the movement of the sun throughout the day. They direct the light towards one of the three towers, where a water boiler creates steam to power a generator and produce electricity.

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In February 2014, the Ivanpah solar power generation system was inaugurated over an area of ​​3,500 hectares in the mojave desert. Today, 100% operational, is the The world’s largest solar thermal farm with 392 megawatts, or just under 1% of California’s total energy production, enough to power 140,000 homes.

The world's largest solar power farm

Capable of eliminating 450,000 tonnes of carbon emissions per year, the equivalent of 88,000 cars off the road.

The world's largest solar power farm

It cost over $ 2 billion and it is a product of the business association NRG Energy, BrightSource Energy and Google.

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Seen in: popsci.com

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