Probably one of the most ambitious solar energy projects ever undertaken is taking shape in the middle of Arizona. This unique system that combines wind turbines, solar power in what will become the second tallest structure in the world.
At 2625 feet, it will only be about 100 feet less than the Burj Khalifa (the world’s tallest structure) recently completed in Dubai and over twice as tall as the Empire State Building. The heat generated beneath the huge circular pattern of solar panels will be drafted up the huge chimney-like structure where it will turn giant turbines that will generate the power. This huge alternative energy power plant will cost upwards of a quarter-billion dollars and when it is completed in 2015 will provide power for 150,000 thousand homes! An Australian company called EnviroMission is behind the endeavor. They have already done a successful installation on a smaller scale in Spain. EnviroMission received approval to sell electricity from the first of two planned 200 MW solar power facilities to the Southern California Public Power Authority under the terms of a Power Purchase Agreement. EnviroMission has announced that they have full funding in place from the Southern California Public Power Authority to help make this project a reality .