Concentrated Solar Power Is Heating Up in the Southwest

Flat, open space and abundant sunlight make the southwestern U.S. a great place to build concentrated solar power plants.



concentrated solar power - large installation of parabolic troughs
Concentrated solar power systems like this one could theoretically meet the electricity needs of the entire U.S.
Photo courtesy of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory
concentrated solar power - single parabolic trough mirror
Parabolic troughs (shown here in the Mojave desert) convert the sun’s heat into electricity.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory

















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