Gallery: Massive New Solar Power Tower Set to Energize the Las Vegas St...

 

It would appear that America’s City of Sin is going solar with news that Las Vegas will soon be powered by a massive 100MW 540 foot solar tower. Atop it will be 100-foot receiver that will received solar energy from the field of 10,000 large mirrors that will populate the area around the tower. Thanks to Nevada’s large amount of sunlight, it is hoped that the solar tower will be able to receive 10 to 15 hours of sunlight a day. The project, known as the Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project, is being headed by American company SolarReserve, who is using a molten salt storage facility to deliver power to the grid once the sun has gone down. In a statement, the company said that they hope to complete the solar tower by the spring and aim to start delivering 110 megawatts by the end of 2013. Hopefully, not all of it will be used to power the famous Strip.

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  1. gearsofrandy February 10, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    Las Vegas uses about 63K MWh per day.

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