400MW solar death beam to be used for good

Google backs world’s largest solar ‘tower of power’

Google announced the form has invested $168 million in a solar energy power plant to be located in the Mojave Desert, California.

Developed by BrightSource Energy, the firm’s Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System will produce 392MW of power which, Google said, was the "equivalent of taking more than 90,000 cars off the road over the lifetime of the plant."

"We need smart capital to transform our energy sector and build a clean energy future. This is our largest investment to date, and we’ve now invested over $250 million in the clean energy sector," wrote Google’s ‘green’ boss Rick Needham on the Google blog.

The Ivanpah project will feature a 450 foot tall ‘power tower’ although we prefer to call it the ‘tower of power’ for funk-related reasons. 173,000 heliostats with two mirrors a peice will send a searing solar death beam towards the business end of the tower.

"We’re excited about Ivanpah because our investment will help deploy a compelling solar energy technology that provides reliable clean energy, with the potential to significantly reduce costs on future projects."

Construction began in October last year and is due for completion in 2013. Unlike Fallout 3’s Helios One, Google’s mantra of ‘don’t be evil’ ensures that the mighty power of the sun shall be used for good. 

Like offsetting some of those 100MW data centers.

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