World's Largest Power Plant Gains Approval for Construction

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The world's largest power plant, a $6 billion venture, recently gained government approval to go up as early as November (Efstathiou). Backed by the Obama administration, this project is projected to more than double all of U.S. solar output and can power at least 300,000 homes. The project, which has been dubbed a milestone by the Obama administration, is the sixth solar venture authorized on federal lands within the last month. Following suit, the plant will be constructed in a desert area, near Blythe, California (MSNBC.com).

The plant will function through a "parabolic trough" where parabolic mirrors focus the sun's energy onto collector tubes. Fluid in the collector tubes will be heated by the sun and sent to a boiler, which will in turn send steam to a turbine to produce elect

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