SolÃºcar owns Europe’s first commercially operating solar power plant, the PS10 solar power tower, in SanlÃºcar la Mayor, Spain. A field of 600 mirrors, soon to be extended, focuses sunlight and generates 11 megawatts of electricity on a solar power tower.
And in Nevada…
ACCIONAâ€™s Nevada Solar One is an environmentally friendly, renewable utility-scale power solution that creates power with near-zero carbon emissions. The 400-acre, 64-megawatt plant harnesses solar energy to power more than 14,000 homes every year. It is the third-largest concentrating solar power plant in the world and the first such plant built in 17 years. Nevada Solar One represents a major renewable-energy success story and has the potential to compete directly with conventional fossil fuel-powered technologies.
That description comes from acciona North America’s website, here:
They claim 64 megawatt.
The last Nuclear plant built in the US, Watts Bar, clocks in at over 1,100 megawatts.
I’d still pursue wind and solar first and foremost.
Acciona does a number of other projects in the US and Canada, including the Red Hills wind farm in Elk City, Oklahoma.
123 megawatt, or enough for 40,000 homes.
I believe this is Acciona’s symbol: ANA.MC
Looks like they hit a low point last november and has since nearly doubled in price, but still half of what it was two years ago.
I’ve noticed that my local electronics store carries wind generators and solar generators now.
The solar system may have been something like this, from Toshiba:
Course, the one I saw was $500.
And this is similar to the wind generator I noticed, again for $500, though i could have sworn 700 watts:
I saw a report recently – where one of the assertions made was:
Solar thermal power plants covering a 100-mile-square area of the Southwestâ€” equivalent to 9 percent the size of Nevadaâ€”could generate enough electricity to power the entire nation.
The report is titled “On the Rise: Solar Thermal Power and the Fight Against Global Warming” can be found here: