Las Vegas is such a city where night turns into day. The whole city is filled with colorful lights. To lit up the lights at night continuously, huge amount of electricity is spent. To keep the pressure on traditional electricity low, a developer of large-scale solar power projects named SolarReserve announced earlier this year that it has completed the central piece in its Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project that can produce 110 megawatts of energy, and distribute the power among 75,000 homes.
SolarReserve has completed construction of its 540 feet high solar tower. This solar tower is able to deliver 110 megawatts of energy with approximately 10 hours of storage. After total completion according to the project’s estimation, this tower will provide electricity to 75,000 homes during its peak electricity periods.
For the rest of the project’s construction, a massive field of 10,000 sun-tracking mirrors which has the same size of billboards will be built around the tower. These mirrors are called ‘heliostat.’ These heliostats will reflect sunlight onto a 100 feet receiver which is placed on top of the tower. Here, the energy is preserved.
Being hope that, the Crescent Dunes Solar Energy project will officially be ready sometime in late 2013.
Source : Tomsguide