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10 of the World's most beautiful solar power stations

2018.08.21     From: Mico Lin

With the increasing of the environmental protection awarness nowadays, the renewable energy insudtry has been reinforced. The solar power industry is not only worth promoting but also is creating jobs and boosting the economy. In general, solar panels aren't known for their aesthetic appeal. As more and more solar farms are installed around the world, developers are getting creative, and making their projects more picturesque than ever. Following are 10 of the world's most beautiful solar power stations that I wanna share with you.



1.The first Panda Solar Station.


It has been completed and started working in Datong, Shanxi province last year.The station was built with black monocrystalline silicon module and off-white thin film PV module, making it look like a panda from the bird's-eyeview.



China wants to build 100 panda-shaped solar power plants. They've already built one and have begun another. Each individual plant will, over a 25-year period, save 1.06 million tonnes of coal and cut greenhouse gas emissions by 2.74 million tonnes.



2. United States crescent dune thermal power station.


The Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project is a 110 megawatt (MW) solar thermal power project with 1.1 gigawatt-hours of energy storage, located near Tonopah, about 190 miles (310 km) northwest of Las Vegas. It is the first utility-scale concentrating solar power (CSP) plant with a central receiver tower and advanced molten salt energy storage technology.



It began operation in September 2015,but went off-line in October 2016 due to a leak in a molten salt tank. It returned to operation in July 2017. Fortunately, researchers at the facility have since figured out how to solve this rather gruesome problem, so we can go back to just appreciating its awesome looks.



3. France Les Mées solar power station


In the most romantic country, has the most romantic artistic solar power station. The Les Mées solar farm is located in the rolling hills of La Colle des Mées plateau, in the department of Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, in southern France. 



Covering an area of 200 hectares with a total of 112,000 solar modules, the facility is the biggest in France. This solar project generates 100MW of clean energy, enough to power 12,000 typical French households.



4. Disney photovoltaic power station


The five-megawatt solar farm is being called the Walt Disney World Solar Facility. It is visible from the air as a giant Mickey Mouse shape.The farm is about 22 acres,using 48,000 solar panels. part of a 15-year agreement that allows Duke Energy to build, own and operate the farm on Disney's land. In return, the farm will provide solar power to Walt Disney World.



5. British Hendai power station


Can you image that this was just an abandoned coal mine? In 2014, Conergy company built a Hendai photovoltaic power station in the UK, the Ramnik Valley on the top of the abandoned coal mine scale 13.5MW, contains 57408 solar panels, can meet the electricity needs of 2400 households, is expected to run for 35 years.



6. The Broken Hill Solar Plant of Australia


The Broken Hill Solar Plant of Australia provides electricity to approximately 20,000 Australians in the outback. The city of Broken Hill, which can be seen in the background, directly benefits from this clean energy generation, as do several local mines.



7. The Planta Solar in Spain


Maybe, you would like to visit the CSP-plant in Located in Sanlúcar la Mayor, Spain, called PS10. It's very impressive to see the big towers. This PS10 was the first solar tower in the world, producing electricity for commercial purposes. Planta Solar is composed of two concentration solar farms: Planta Solar 10 and Planta Solar 20. Planta Solar 20 is larger than its counterpart and produces 48MW per year, enough to power 10,000 households.



8. The Chattanooga Airport solar farm in Tennessee


Located on the southwest corner of Chattanooga airport in the US state of Tennessee, this 2.1-MW solar farm was built in an area that was unusable for aviation purposes.



9. Noor 1 Marocco Desert


An aerial view of the solar mirrors at the Noor 1 Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plant, some 20km (12.5 miles) outside the central Moroccan town of Ouarzazate on February 4, 2016. Noor 1 is one of the largest solar plants in the world, which is the first stage of a larger project designed to boost renewable energy production in Morocco.Noor 1 was the first CSP power plant. They are already building Noor 2 followed by Noor 3.Morocco aims to get 52% of its electricity from clean energy such as wind and solar by 2030, up from 28% now.



10. CSP solar farm Negev Desert Israel


The Ashalim project, deep in the Negev desert, is made up of three plots, with a fourth planned for the future, each with a different solar technology. They are set to generate some 310 megawatts of power, about 1.6 percent of the country's energy needs — enough for about 130,000 households, or roughly 5 percent of Israel's population, according to Israel's Electricity Authority.


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