It looks like something out of a sci-fi movie
Standing at 787 feet high, into the skies of Israel, stands one of the world’s tallest solar towers. As you can see construction is still in progress.
Wondering what’s surrounding the tower? No, that’s not a high-tech crop circle. Those are 50,000 mirrors, spanning the length of 665 football fields – which will help to boost the output of the tower.
Completion is estimated to be in 2018, the renewable energy it produced will be able to power 130,000 homes in the area. It will support Israel’s commitment to reach 10% of the country’s electricity production from renewable sources by 2020.
The tower, known as the Ashalim solar project, is truly an international effort. French engineering firm Alstom is overseeing the construction using parts from California-based BrightSource Energy and Boston-based General Electric.
A 121 megawatt solar complex using mirrors to focus the power of the sun on solar receivers atop power towers.
- The electricity generated at Ashalim will be enough to supply 120,000 homes with clean energy
- The complex will avoid 110,000 tons of CO2 emissions each year over the course of its life
- This project will create up to 1,000 jobs at peak construction