Workers washing the heliostats

Workers washing the heliostats

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Caption: Workers washing the heliostats to maximise reflective power at the Ivanpah Solar Thermal Power Plant in California's Mojave Desert is currently the largest solar thermal plant in the world. It generates 392 megawatts (MW) and deploys 173,500 heliostats that reflect the suns rays onto three solar towers. It covers 4,000 acres of desert.

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