Google Invests $168 million in Largest Solar Tower Power Project
Posted on April 12, 2011 Comments (6)
Google is investing in a new solar tower power project located in California that will generate 392 gross MW of clean, solar energy. That’s the equivalent of taking more than 90,000 cars off the road. Google has now invested $250 million in clean energy.
Several large solar projects are in the works in the sunny Southwest (and around the globe), but Ivanpah will be the first solar power tower system of this scale. The Ivanpah Power Tower will be approximately 450 feet tall and will use 173,000 heliostats, each with two mirrors.
The Department of energy is also providing financing for this project. The project is 10 times larger than the largest solar photovoltaic project in California.
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