Andasol, a gigantic farm with 600,000 parabolic mirrors that follow the sun on its daily path across the Earth, has gone online. The system occupies an area that equals the size of 210 football fields.
According to 9Billion, the project is on the Guadix plateau and is a cooperation between four German companies who invested €350 million (US$ 455.3 million). The plateau is 1,100 meters above sea level and the farm will receive 2,000 hours of sunlight per year.
Solar energy’s main growth in 2011 came from commercial properties and utility-based installations, although residential solar installations also saw significant growth, thanks to feed-in tariff schemes, leasing programs and lower costs.
Article by Antonio Pasolini, a Brazilian writer and video art curator based in London, UK. He holds a BA in journalism and an MA in film and television.