With the prices of solar panels falling and the encouragement to take advantage of renewable energy mounting, it’s no surprise that solar power is taking the world by storm. From California to Saudi Arabia, we’ve got some truly impressive examples of solar farms and commercial installations that will leave you breathless.
Solar powered Superbowl
While all eyes were on the Seahawks smashing the Broncos in the Superbowl XLVIII earlier this month, something else caught our attention…all the solar power the MetLife Stadium was harnessing! The stadium teamed up with NRG Solar back in 2012 and had a ring of solar panels installed around its rim!
Source: America Supports Solar
Whole solar communities
Entire suburbs are going solar left, right and centre! Crescent Park in Richmond, California, for example, has the largest solar installation for affordable housing in the USA.
Similarly, this town in Germany has gone completely solar with all homes in the region capitalising on this great source of energy.
Source: The Wall Street Journal
Solar power stations
California has just built the world’s largest solar thermal power station in the Mojave Desert. The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System is made of up 3 solar towers surrounded by parabolic mirrors, which focus sunlight into heat to produce clean, renewable electricity. Owned by BrightSource Energy, NRG Energy and Google, The station has the capacity to power up to 200,000 Californian homes.
Source: Higher Perspective
Solar parking lot
Saudi Arabia is now home to the world’s largest solar parking lot! The parking area is covered with 120,000 CIS thin-film PV modules and can provide shelter for up to 5000 cars.
Conglomerates using solar power
Apple Inc. are building a 137-acre, 20 Megawatt solar farm in Reno, Nevada to power one of their new data centres. This is keeping in line with Apple’s ambitious goal to power every one of their US facilities with 100% renewable energy. They claim to be at around 75% at present. Apple’s largest US data centre in North Carolina is already powered by x2 massive solar farms, completed last year.
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