Ivanpah is The World’s Largest Solar Thermal Power Plant and is Now Operational in the Mojave Desert

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The world’s largest solar plant just turned on (February 13 2014). It is situated in the Mojave Desert and looks amazing!

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Ivanpah, the world’s largest solar plant opened up on February 13 2014 in the Mojave desert of California. Photo: BrightSource Energy

While the south and the east of the USA and the UK got battered with a winter storm yesterday, the sun beamed down on California, and the world’s largest solar plant turned on — for the first time ever — to take it in.

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Ivanpah the world’s largest solar plant in the world is in operation since February 13 2014. Photo: BrightSource Energy

The plant, called Ivanpah, can produce up to 392 megawatts of power, enough to power 140,000 homes, making it responsible for nearly 30 percent of all solar power in the United States.

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Ivanpah solar plant in the Mojave Desert- February 2014. Photo: BrightSource Energy

Ivanpah covers nearly 5.5 square miles in the Mojave Desert, and has 173,500 panels.

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Ivanpah solar plant in operation since February 13 2014. Photo: BrightSource Energy

You can look at other beautiful photos of Ivanpah here.

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