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BrightSource and Edison Collaborate for Solar ‘Power Towers’

BrightSource and Edison Collaborate for Solar ‘Power Towers’


Concentrating solar technology is the new solar technology to be implemented in California, which hopes to generate 33 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2020. In concentrated solar technology, reflective mirrors are used to concentrate light onto a liquid to make steam. This steam then converts energy into electricity with the help of conventional turbines.

Southern California Edison is working with a company named BrightSource to erect “power towers,” which consist of moving mirrors to concentrate light onto a tower to make steam to produce 100-megawatts of power in Ivanpah, California. By 2013 they are projecting to light up 65,000 homes by supplying 286,000 megawatt-hours of electricity per year.

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