Giant solar farm uses molten salt to keep power coming – 23 April 2014 – New Scientist

Renewable energy could help underpin the grid now that the world’s biggest concentrated solar storage plant is up and running in Arizona

IN THE searing heat 130 kilometres south-west of Phoenix, Arizona, 3000 mirrors carpet hectares of desert. Part of a power plant that produces about 900 gigawatt-hours of electricity a year, they gather enough sunlight to power 70,000 homes.

This is Solana, the largest solar plant of its kind in the world, directly coupled to the biggest non-hydroelectric energy-storage system in the US.

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