Controllers at the Ivanpah Solar Project, owned by NRG Energy, Bright Source Energy,Bechtel and Google monitor systems operations and over 300,000 software-controlled mirrors that track the sun and reflect the sunlight to boilers that sit atop three 459 foot tall power towers. When the concentrated sunlight strikes the boilers’ pipes, it heats the water to create superheated steam, providing electricity to 140,000 California homes. (credits: DENNIS SCHROEDER / NREL / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0))

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