eSolar, a provider of modular, scalable solar thermal power technology, has unveiled a 5-megawatt (MW) Sierra SunTower solar power plant. The company reckons the full-scale power plant is the only power tower of its kind in the US today.
According to the company, eSolar's technology resolves many of the problems that have held back large scale solar in the past including cost, speed of deployment and proximity to existing transmission lines. "eSolar uses advanced software algorithms to precisely focus thousands of mirrors on a single point to efficiently harvest the sun's energy and achieve economies of scale with a smaller footprint than anyone else in the business", a source claimed.
Constructed in less than one year, eSolar's Sierra SunTower power plant marks the first of several developments in the Antelope Valley region using eSolar technology. Over the course of construction, this project created 300 jobs.