Photos: Best of the West

«Previous
3 of 48 Photos
Next »
Worlds Largest Solar Plant
«
  • California Storms
  • Winter Weather Alaska
  • Worlds Largest Solar Plant
  • Oregon Weather
  • California Storms
  • Cubs Angels Spring Baseball
  • California Storms
»
Worlds Largest Solar Plant
Some of the 300,000 computer-controlled mirrors, each about 7 feet high and 10 feet wide, reflect sunlight to boilers that sit on 459-foot towers. The sun's power is used to heat water in the boilers' tubes and make steam, which in turn drives turbines to create electricity Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014 in Primm, Nev. The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, sprawling across roughly 5 square miles of federal land near the California-Nevada border, will be opened formally Thursday after years of regulatory and legal tangles. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)