Solar farms are architectural and engineering masterpieces that aren't just functional however can also be beautiful. They can thus become tourist destinations, making employments and boosting the clean energy economy, as well as satellite activities. Here are some of the boldest and most wonderful projects that combine the drive towards green energy for the environment.
Disney solar farm in Florida
When Disney chooses to build a solar farm, it'll do it its own way. Currently, under construction, the solar farm includes the iconic face of Disney's most well-known character: Mickey Mouse. The 5-MW solar farm will be home to 48,000 panels and will power the Walt Disney World and Reedy Creek Improvement District in the US state of Florida.
Chattanooga Airport solar farm in Tennessee
Situated on the southwest corner of Chattanooga air terminal in the US state of Tennessee, this 2.1-MW solar farm was built in an area that was unusable for aviation purposes. The solar complex consists of two solar farms: one comprising in 3,948 solar panels that produce 244W per panel, another with 3,542 panels, creating 310W per panel. Together, the two farms produce 85 percent of the air airport’s energy needs. The Airport Authority aims to reach 3MW of installed capacity to make the airport energy adequate and carbon neutral.
Planta Solar in Spain
Planta Solar is composed of two concentration solar farms: Planta Solar 10 and Planta Solar 20. Situated in Sanlúcar la Mayor, Spain, the plant was the world's most powerful solar power tower until the construction of the Ivanpah Solar Power Facility in California in 2014. Planta Solar 20 is bigger than its counterpart and produces 48MW every year, enough to power 10,000 households.
Topaz solar farm in California
From above, the Topaz solar farm reminds us of the retro videogame graphics of Tetris. Covering part of Carrizo Plain in southern California, United States, the Topaz solar farm has 9 million cadmium telluride solar modules spread out over 5.6 square kilometers, making it one of the biggest photovoltaic power plants in the world. It became operational in 2014 and with its 550MW provide power to 180,000 households. As per NASA calculations, this solar farm maintains a strategic distance from emissions of 407,000 tons of CO2 in the atmosphere, the equivalent taking 77,000 cars off the road.
Sickle Dunes solar farm in Nevada
Sickle Dunes is a 110-MW solar concentration farm. Finished toward the end of 2014, it is situated in the desert simply outside Las Vegas, in the US state of Nevada. Its construction started controversy since the initial test caused significant damage to local wildlife. Analysts managed to take care of the problem and the solar farm came back to be appreciated for its contribution as far as clean energy and architecture.