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The Guardian reports that in the Andalucian deserts, 20 miles outside Seville, the Spanish company Abengoa will soon open up the world biggest solar power tower.
Over 1,000 mirrors, each â€œabout half the size of a tennis courtâ€, will be used to reflect sunlight to â€œsuperheatâ€ water at a central tower. Once completed, at a cost of â‚¬80 million, the energy plant will generate 20MW of electricity to 11,000 Spanish homes.
The new solar tower, named PS20, is supported by the Spanish government who has promised to pay â€œa premium, known as a feed-in tariff, for any CSP electricity sent into the grid.â€ PS20 is part of Spain's efforts to meet the clean energy targets from the European Union which calls for 20% renewable energy by 2020. Spain says that the PS20 is part of a series of planned solar power plants around Spain. Which when finished is expected to generate up to 300MW of electricity, enough to power the whole of Seville and its 700,000 citizens.
The European commission also says that the CSP technology will be a part of its future clean energy technology plan. And that the technology could become a â€œmajor partâ€ of the proposed EU supergrid between Europe and northern Africa.