The beauty of solar power plants

PS10 solar power plant, Seville, Spain

The 354 MW SEGS CSP installation is the largest solar power plant in the world, located in the Mojave Desert of California. Other large CSP plants include the Solnova Solar Power Station (150 MW) and the Andasol solar power station (150 MW), both in Spain. The over 250 MW Agua Caliente Solar Project in the United States, and the 221 MW Charanka Solar Park in India, are the world’s largest photovoltaic power stations.

The life cycle greenhouse gases emission of solar technology is just a fraction of fossils, but still somewhat higher than hydro, wind and nuclear. Solar can't efficiently provide base load power as it only generates electricity when the sun is out, but it's a great complementary to nuclear especially in areas with high electricity use from air conditioning.

In this post I would like to focus on the aesthetics of solar power plants which is important as they cover large masses or land. In my opinion solar installations have an inherrent beauty as they transform ocassionally arid desert landscapes into views that remind us blue lakes made up of geometric patterns. The futuristic structures for me express the hope that 21 century, technology driven, modern life can coexist with nature in harmony.

Siemens solar plant, Le Mées, France
Siemens solar plant, Le Mées, France
Gemasolar, Seville, Spain
Gujarat Solar Park, India
Shams solar power station, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Karadzhalovo Solar Park, Bulgaria
First Solar, Ontario, Canada
Nellis Solar Power Plant, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Nellis Solar Power Plant, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
PS10 solar power plant, Seville, Spain
Blackfriars bridge with solar panels, London, UK
Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, California

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