Approaching Reid International Airport in Las Vegas, Nevada on Sunday April 24, 2022, three shimmering disc-shaper objects appeared to be hovering just above the floor of the Mojave Desert. They looked like UFOs. UFOs are often associated with the infamous and mysterious Area 51, a top-secret United States Air Force facility located about 80 miles north of Las Vegas. Hmm!?
I learned that I was actually looking at Ivanpah Solar Generating Station, the largest concentrated solar plant in the world. The facility uses thousands of large moving mirrors, called heliostats, that track the sun and focus the reflected sunlight toward three towers that stand 45 stories high. The concentrated heat boils water in the towers to create steam that turns a turbine to generate electricity.
The facility is located about 40 miles south of Las Vegas on Interstate 15. It opened in 2014. You can find more information about Ivanpah Station and its promises and problems in meeting our need for clean energy here.
I hope everyone had a great weekend! Have you seen this glowing apparition?