Although I usually refer to solar in the context of distributed generation solar photovoltaics(electricity via silicon panels) and solar hot water, the following article grabbed my attention. It regards the "centralized" version of solar technology: "concentrated" or "solar thermal" energy. Basically, it can be a utility-sized power plant that makes electricity by heating up fluid that passes through many, large, solar parabolic dishes or mirrors. The super-hot fluid then generates steam to run an electricity-producing turbine.
What's impressive about these installations is the size: the solar plant in Nevada will be 64 megawatts, or enough electricity for about 32,000 houses. Check out the article . . . .
Feb. 2, 2006, 11:48AM
Acciona to Buy 55 Percent of Solargenix
Â© 2006 The Associated Press
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