The largest solar power plant in the world

In the race towards solving climate change, renewable energy alternatives such as solar technology have been an important priority. With countries striving to create new, better and more efficient ways to lower the world carbon footprint, the United States has taken a giant leap forward. On October 25th, the Obama Administration announced the approval of what is said to be the largest concentrated solar power plant in the world. The plant will use a parabolic trough system so that energy radiated from the sun will collect into tubes. Fluid within the tubes will heat and be sent to a boiler as steam that will ultimately produce electricity through a turbine.

Eventually the plant will more than double all of the United States solar output, powering 300,000 homes. Located in the Mojave Desert near Blythe California, this new solar power plant is expected to create more than 2,000 jobs during construction and several hindered more permanent jobs once the facility opens. This approval is one of seven new energy projects within the US, and when at full capacity all seven plants will generate more than 3,000 megawatts of energy, powering up to 2 million homes. Construction on the plant is expected to start by the end of 2010, with production starting in 2013. Hopefully this initiative will spread across the country, shifting our energy consumption towards renewables faster than we expected, while showing that the United States is ready to become a leader in the race towards climate change solutions.

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