Spanish cleantech company Abengoa has completed 80 per cent of a 280MW solar thermal plant in Arizona.
The Solana facility will be one of the largest in the world to use parabolic trough technology when it is fully-operational in the middle of 2013.
It includes a six hour energy storage capacity, meaning the plant can continue to produce power on cloudy days or after the sunset.
Once completed, the array will be comprised of 32,000 collectors, powering 70,000 homes and reducing annual carbon emissions by 470,000 tonnes.
The project is supported by a Department of Energy (DOE) loan guarantee worth $1.45bn, which facilitated fundraising with the Federal Financing Bank.
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