A 20-acre carrot farm in Lancaster, California is now the home of a large-scale solar farm that generates energy for about 4,000 homes. The farm uses technology so efficient that solar is finally coming close to cost-parity with fossil fuels.
What is this miracle solar technology? Some sort of newfangled solar panel?
It’s a bunch of mirrors that focus sunlight on a steam engine, creating a beam so hot it could melt steel.
IdeaLab CEO Bill Gross, who built the company that built it, eSolar, explains.
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