World’s largest solar power plant: Exclusive pics

An Intellihub photographer managed to grab a few pictures of the world's largest solar power plant which sits on the border of California and Nevada in the Mojave Desert

NIPTON, Calif. (INTELLIHUB) — NRG Energy, BrightSource Energy, and Google have all invested into the $2.2 billion Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System located in the Mojave Desert just west of Las Vegas on the California side and Intellihub has obtained some exclusive pictures of the facility from a distance.

The expansive 5-square mile 440-megawatt site have three 40-story towers which are used to harness and intensify energy from the sun, directing it toward solar panels to produce vast amounts of energy.

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NIPTON, Calif. — Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System (Intellihub.com)

In the above picture you can see how the light is collected and cast out over the massive solar array and a series of boilers.

NIPTON, Calif. — Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System (Intellihub.com)

According to the facility’s official website: “Ivanpah utilizes proven solar thermal technology and a low environmental impact design to power California’s clean energy economy with cost-competitive and reliable solar power.”

“The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System (SEGS) – owned by NRG Energy, Google, and BrightSource Energy – will use BrightSource’s proven solar tower technology to produce clean, reliable solar electricity to more than 140,000 homes. Upon completion, Ivanpah will be the largest solar thermal power tower system in the world. Located in Ivanpah Dry Lake, California, the three-unit power system will be built on approximately 3,500 acres of public desert land. Electricity from Ivanpah will avoid millions of tons of carbon dioxide and other air pollutants – the equivalent of taking 70,000 cars off the road. The project will create more than 2,100 jobs for construction workers and support staff and 86 jobs for operations and maintenance employees in addition to hundreds of millions of dollars in local and state taxes. The $2.2 billion project represents a durable model for far-reaching employment and economic benefit both locally and nationally.”

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NIPTON, Calif. — Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System (Intellihub.com)

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