I find images of solar farms amazing. They just don’t look real. They’re so enormous and homogeneous.
“As of December 2011, the largest photovoltaic (PV) power plants in the world are the Huanghe Hydropower Golmud Solar Park (China, 200 MW), Perovo Solar Park (Ukraine, 100 MW), Sarnia Photovoltaic Power Plant (Canada, 97 MW), Montalto di Castro Photovoltaic Power Station (Italy, 84.2 MW), Senftenberg Solarpark (Germany, 82 MW), Finsterwalde Solar Park (Germany, 80.7 MW) and the Okhotnykovo Solar Park (Ukraine, 80 MW).”
I can’t find any photos of the park in China.
And then there’s the Planta Solar 20 (PS20) solar power plant, which is a solar thermal energy plant in Sanlucar la Mayor near Seville in Andalusia, Spain. It is the world’s most powerful solar power tower. The 20 megawatt (MW) solar power tower produces electricity with large movable mirrors called heliostats.
It’s amazing… A field of mirrors reflect light to the tower, which uses the heat to produce steam and turn a turbine generator.
A reporter from the BBC describes it thusly:
“From a distance, as we rounded a bend and first caught sight of it, I couldn’t believe the strange structure ahead of me was actually real. A concrete tower – 40 storeys high – stood bathed in intense white light, a totally bizarre image in the depths of the Andalusian countryside. The tower looked like it was being hosed with giant sprays of water or was somehow being squirted with jets of pale gas. I had trouble working it out. In fact, as we found out when we got closer, the rays of sunlight reflected by a field of 600 huge mirrors are so intense they illuminate the water vapour and dust hanging in the air. The effect is to give the whole place a glow – even an aura – and if you’re concerned about climate change that may well be deserved.”