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If solar power is the answer it must have been a bloody stupid question

Now don’t get me wrong, I know solar power on a small scale works very, very well but when you scale that is when things go wrong.

A windy stretch of the Mojave Desert once roamed by tortoises and coyotes has been transformed by hundreds of thousands of mirrors into the largest solar power plant of its type in the world.

The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, sprawling across roughly 13 square kilometres of federal land near the California-Nevada border, formally opened Thursday (NZT Friday) after years of regulatory and legal tangles ranging from relocating protected tortoises to assessing the impact on Mojave milkweed and other plants.

”The Ivanpah project is a shining example of how America is becoming a world leader in solar energy,” US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said in a statement after attending a dedication ceremony at the site.

”This project shows that building a clean-energy economy creates jobs, curbs greenhouse gas emissions and fosters American innovation.”

The US$2.2 billion (NZ$2.5b) complex of three generating units, owned by NRG Energy, Google and BrightSource Energy, can produce nearly 400 megawatts – enough power for 140,000 homes. It began making electricity last year.

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