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February 14, 2014
Located in the Mojave Desert, 40 miles southwest of Las Vegas, the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System is the largest solar thermal energy facility in the world, with 392 MW of capacity – meaning it can produce enough renewable electricity to power nearly 100,000 homes. It uses 173,500 heliostat mirrors spread over approximately 3,500 acres, focusing solar energy on boilers located atop three solar power towers, generating steam to turn a conventional steam turbine. The facility is owned by NRG Solar, Google and BrightSource Energy. The Energy Department provided a $1.6 billion loan guarantee to the project.
 
Pictured here is an aerial perspective of the nearly completed Ivanpah Solar Power Facility, taken in April 2013. | Photo courtesy of Gilles Mingasson/Getty Images for Bechtel.
Photo of the Week: Ivanpah Solar

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February 13, 2014
<div class="field field-name-field-map-byline field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div  class="field-item odd">Data provided by <a href="/exit?url=http%3A//www.csp-world.com/" rel="nofollow">CSP World</a>. Map by <a href="http://energy.gov/contributors/daniel-wood">Daniel Wood</a>.</div></div></div>
MAP: Concentrating Solar Power Across the United States

Explore our latest map, charting the location of concentrating solar power plants across the country.

February 13, 2014
Solar Decathlon 2015: Let the Competition Begin

We're officially kicking off Solar Decathlon 2015 with the announcement of 20 new collegiate teams. Find out who will compete!

February 13, 2014
Celebrating the Completion of the World's Largest Concentrating Solar Power Plant

Traveling west for the dedication of the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System.

February 12, 2014
A supercomputer at the Energy Department's Pacific Northwest National Lab (PNNL) | Photo courtesy of PNNL
Keeping the Power Flowing

The Energy Department is working closely with our federal, state and industry partners to protect our energy critical infrastructure from cyber attacks.

February 12, 2014
The Tennessee Valley Authority's Sequoyah Nuclear Generating Station. | Photo courtesy of the Energy Department.
An Adaptive, Consent-Based Path to Nuclear Waste Storage and Disposal Solutions

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz emphasizes nuclear energy's role in a low-carbon future and the agency's commitment to safe storage and disposal.

February 12, 2014
<div class="field field-name-field-map-byline field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div  class="field-item odd">Data courtesy of National Renewable Energy Lab. Chart by <a href="http://energy.gov/contributors/daniel-wood">Daniel Wood</a>.</div></div></div>
Progress Report: Advancing Solar Energy Across America

Where do we stand in driving down the cost of solar energy technologies?

February 11, 2014
Video: Honoring Science that Matters with the Enrico Fermi Award

Learn more about 2013 Enrico Fermi Award winners Dr. Allen Bard and Dr. Andy Sessler and their contributions to science, technology and human rights.

February 10, 2014
What do you want to know about solar energy? Submit your questions in advance of our #AskEnergy Twitter Q&A. | Graphic by <a href="http://energy.gov/contributors/sarah-gerrity">Sarah Gerrity</a>, photo courtesy of NRGEnergy.
#AskEnergy: Live Twitter Q&A on Solar Energy

What do you want to know about solar? Submit your questions on social media in advance of our #AskEnergy Twitter Q&A.

February 6, 2014
In this 1972 photo, two scientists worked in improved supplied-air suits, which protected workers from toxic environments and protected controlled atmospheric areas from exposure to human emissions. The suits were developed at the Oak Ridge Y-12 Plant in Tennessee. | Photo courtesy of the Energy Department.
Photo of the Week: Air Supply

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