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PRIMM, Nev. (AP) — A small fire shut down a generating tower Thursday at the world's largest solar power plant, leaving the sprawling facility on the California-Nevada border operating at only a third of its capacity, authorities said.

The Google-backed, US$2.2 billion Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System generates power by focussing sunlight on boilers at the top of three 140 metre (439 feet) towers and using the resulting steam to spin up the generators' turbines.

The misalignment instead set fire to electrical cables in Unit 3, scorching and melting steam ducts and water pipes.

May 23, 2016 at 9:23 AM | Registered Commenterboreades

They name their towers after the days of the week? Or is it a class of generating tower?

Anyhoo… It’s now operating at one third of its capacity, so no-one’s going to notice. That’s good. I have seen it suggested elsewhere that this looks suspiciously like an insurance job.

May 23, 2016 at 10:32 AM | Registered CommenterRadical Rodent

Do we need our own discussion for this ??
US stories are best covered by US blogs
..and WUWT already has a post and 170 comments

May 23, 2016 at 11:54 AM | Registered Commenterstewgreen