The Palen Solar Electrical Generating System in California will one day be the tallest solar towers in the world. These proposed towers come about from a pledge from the US Department of Interior to add 1.1 gigawatts to its clean energy capacity. This will be a joint project between Abengoa and BrightSource Energy and is expected to cost $2.6 billion. The site of the towers is on federal land in a Department of Interior Solar Energy Zone in Riverside, a county in southern California. “Together they will produce 500 megawatts of solar energy… they will create enough electricity to power 200,000 households and prevent 17 million tons of carbon emissions over the life of the plant”. Abu Dhabi is currently the home of the world’s largest solar plant, which produces 100 megawatts of solar energy.
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