After years of construction and testing, the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System was ready to light up lives just in time for Valentine’s Day.
How big is enormous, you ask? Well, this thing is going to generate about 30 percent of all the solar thermal energy that’ll be produced in entire United States.
The plant, in total, is about 5.5 square miles, easily making it the largest solar power plant/panel/idea on Earth. The plant will be able to power 140,000 homes in California.
There is a downside to the huge solar farm, however – the monthly fatality rate for birds being fried by the giant mirror array is well into the double digits.