Feb 24, 2010

400 MW Solar Power Plant in USA

Good news for solar power enthusiasts. The U.S. Department of Energy has announced that it will give around USD 1.4 billion to BrightSource Energy in order to help stimulate the production and use of green energy, according to the company's website.

The plan is to fund the construction of three concentrated solar power plants which are capable of producing around 400 megawatts of electricity, in California.

Concentrated solar power works in a way that's slightly different from traditional solar power generation methods. The principle of converting solar energy into electricity remains, but the method involves the use of thousands of mirrors to concentrate sunlight and create high-temperature heat that drives large turbines.

Apart from the environmental benefit, this solar power project will also offer economic benefits of creating jobs for around 1,000 people.

Concentrated solar power plants are rare, despite the growing popularity of solar power. A few months ago, Taiwan opened up Asia's largest Concentrated Solar Power Plant that will generate up to 1,000 MW.