The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating Station, a giant solar-power project officially opening this week in the California desert, is the first of its kind. U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz is scheduled to speak today [comments] at an opening ceremony for the project that received a $1.6 billion federal loan guarantee. The $2.2 billion solar farm, which spans over five square miles of federal land southwest of Las Vegas, includes three towers as tall as 40-story buildings. Nearly 350,000 mirrors, each the size of a garage door, reflect sunlight onto boilers atop the towers, creating steam that drives power generators.
- $2.2 BILLION Cost of power plant's construction
- 3,500 Acres covered by the plant, about five square miles
- 459 FEET Height of each of three towers, which are topped by boilers
- 347,000 Number of garage door-size mirrors that are used to reflect sunlight
- 140,000 Homes per year for which the plant is expected to generate electricity