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Solar energy: solar power station in Albuquerque, New Mexico showing a portion of the solar mirrors. The mirrors focus the sunlight onto a receiver, which sits atop a tower. The mirrors are computer controlled to track the path of the sun. Water is pumped through the receiver and heated. The resultant steam runs a turbine.
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