When driving between Las Vegas and Los Angeles, you may notice three incredibly bright towers on the north side of the highway. These gigantic contraptions are known as Concentrated Solar Power or CSP. By directing immense amounts of light off of mirrors to a single source, heat energy is generated and then creates steam to power turbines. At this time though, the future of CSP is in danger.
There are large arrays in Spain, the Middle East and still a couple more planned for production, but the average plant is either loosing money or producing far under the expected outputs. With the price of photo voltaic cells (standard solar panels) coming down, the cost per mega watt isn’t really panning out.
Regardless of their future viability as an energy production means, they still make for some great photographic subject matter!