Both the BBC and Inhabitant have put together a collage of pictures of Europe’s first commercial solar power station, rising up from the Analusian countryside like something out of a scifi flick. Financial geek note – I’d love to see what the financial plan is on this project. I can’t quite do justice to the awesomeness of this with a verbal post, so I’ll let the pictures do the talking for the most part.
What’s the catch, you might ask? There’s two. Firstly. the current cost of electrical power produced here is triple that of a coal or petrol powered station. Ouch. The second is that this really doesn’t do much in terms of energy independence for contries like say, Scotland or Canada, who would likely end up having to “import” energy from third world nations anyway. But the way I see it, importing power from equatorial countries like Egypt or Mexico is a whole lot better than dealing with Iran or Venezuela. Anyone want to try to put one of these up in Arizona?