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The World's Largest Solar Power Plant Looks Absolutely Majestic

Who knew that renewable energy could look so beautiful?

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This is the Ivanpah Solar Power Facility in California, which opened just last week.

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More than 347,000 mirrors focus on three tall towers, which contain water. The water is heated to extremely high temperatures, producing steam which is then used to power turbines.

How much did this all cost? $2.2 billion. A federal loan provided guarantee $1.6 billion funding. NRG Energy has invested $300 million and Google invested $168 million in the project.