On 5 square miles of federal land just outside the California-Nevada border you’ll find the Ivanpha Solar Electric Generating System, which starting today, is the world’s largest solar plant. It is made up of 300,000 computer controlled mirrors that are each 7 feet high and 10 feet wide. The computers angle the mirrors in order to focus the sunlight to the top of 3 different 459-foot towers. The heat turns water into steam which then powers turbines, making power.

At full capacity the facility can produce a total of 392 megawatts (MW) of solar power, which will provide clean electricity for 140,000 California homes and will divert the creation of 400,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year!

This is not only huge for the future of clean energy but also for the US who has not always been on board for putting environmental conservation over profits. This is great for solar, great for the environment, and one more brick in the pathway to phasing out non-renewable energy.