World’s 7 most beautiful solar farms
Are you planning a vacation? Maybe you are in the neighboorhood of a solar farm with architectural beauty.
That’s why we give you a list of the most beautiful solar farms which are not only worth visiting but also are creating jobs and boosting the clean energy economy, as well as satellite activities.
With thanks to Livegat.com.
World’s 7 most beautiful solar farms
CSP solar farm Negev Desert Israel
The Ashalim project, deep in the Negev desert, is made up of three plots, with a fourth planned for the future, each with a different solar technology. Together, the fields will be Israel’s largest renewable energy project when completed by 2018.
They are set to generate some 310 megawatts of power, about 1.6 percent of the country’s energy needs — enough for about 130,000 households, or roughly 5 percent of Israel’s population, according to Israel’s Electricity Authority.
- The heart of New Caledonia
An extraordinary heart-shaped solar farm is set to be built on the Pacific island of New Caledonia.The 2MW “Heart of New Caledonia” is being built by solar company Conergy and should start producing power for 750 homes from early next year. The plant, comissioned by local beverage company Froico SA, is expected to save around 2m tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions over its projected 25-year lifetime and reduce the French overseas territory’s dependence on oil, gas and coal, which generate the majority of its power today.The eye-catching heart shaped installation is made up of 7,888 panels across the four-acre site on Grand Terre, New Caledonia’s largest island, with the design only visible from the air.
- Noor 1 Marocco DesertAn aerial view of the solar mirrors at the Noor 1 Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plant, some 20km (12.5 miles) outside the central Moroccan town of Ouarzazate on February 4, 2016. Noor 1 is one of the largest solar plants in the world, which is the first stage of a larger project designed to boost renewable energy production in Morocco.Noor 1 was the first CSP power plant. They are already building Noor 2 followed by Noor 3.
Morocco aims to get 52% of its electricity from clean energy such as wind and solar by 2030, up from 28% now.
The Topaz CSP Plant Mojave Desert California
The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System uses 347,000 garage-door-sized mirrors to heat water that powers steam generators.
This CSP-plant is one of the clean energy facilities that helps produce 10% of California state’s electricity.
Topaz solar farm has 9 million cadmium telluride solar modules spread out over 5.6 square kilometres, making it one of the largest photovoltaic power plants in the world. It became operational in 2014 and with its 550MW provide electricity to 180,000 households. According to NASA calculations, this solar farm avoids emissions of 407,000 tonnes of CO2 in the atmosphere, the equivalent of taking 77,000 cars off the road.
The Crescent Dunes solar farm in Nevada
Also in the US, this Crescent Dunes solar farm in Nevada is worth seeing.
Crescent Dunes is a 110-MW solar concentration farm. Completed at the end of 2014, it is located in the desert just outside Las Vegas, in the US state of Nevada. Its construction sparked controversy because the initial test caused significant damage to local wildlife.
Researchers managed to solve the problem and the solar farm returned to be appreciated for its contribution in terms of clean energy and architecture.
The Planta Solar in Spain
Or maybe, you would like to visit the CSP-plant in Located in Sanlúcar la Mayor, Spain, called PS10? It’s very impressive to see the big towers. This PS10 was the first solar tower in the world, producing electricity for commercial purposes.
Planta Solar is composed of two concentration solar farms: Planta Solar 10 and Planta Solar 20. Planta Solar 20 is larger than its counterpart and produces 48MW per year, enough to power 10,000 households.
The Chattanooga Airport solar farm in Tennessee
Located on the southwest corner of Chattanooga airport in the US state of Tennessee, this 2.1-MW solar farm was built in an area that was unusable for aviation purposes.
The solar complex is composed of two solar farms: one consisting in 3,948 solar panels that generate 244W per panel, another with 3,542 panels, generating 310W per panel. Together, the two farms produce 85 per cent of the airport’s energy need. The Airport Authority aims to reach 3MW of installed capacity in order to make the airport energy sufficient and carbon neutral.
- Californian Desert supplies lots of energy
- CSP Seville (Spain), 2017 event
- Dubai Tender 200 MW CSP
- CSP micro plant: perfect system, low costs
- China builds a mega CSP plant in the Gobi Desert
- Partner search for H2020 ‘CSP Market Uptake’
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