The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, under construction in Mojave Desert in California, is making a compelling physical statement about our collective ability to shift from society based on coal, petroleum and nuclear energy to one that embraces sustainable energy production. When completed in late 2013, Ivanpah Solar will be the world’s largest concentrated solar thermal power plant. 344,000 mirror will focus the sun’s energy toward three towers creating 392 megawatts of electricity, enough to power 140,000 US homes.
Green projects such as this also raise challenging questions about land and resource use, while exposing contradictions and differing perspectives within the larger environmental movement. Long-term photographic studies of infrastructure projects, especially those relating to sustainability initiatives, contribute to an important dialogue about our relationship with planet Earth. (read more; via NPR)