Fire Breaks Out at the Largest Solar Plant in the World due to Misaligned Mirrors
On Friday, a fire broke out at the largest solar power plant of the world in California-Nevada border on 4,000 acres of public land in the Mojave Desert. The reason of the fire is said to be misaligned mirrors. To control the fire, the firefighters and the workers of the plant had to go through quite an ordeal.
The fire at Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, in the morning resulted in a shut down at the facility for a short while. The facility is running at one third of its capacity currently. One of the towers is down because of routine maintenance. However, it is not clear right away when the tower damaged by the fire will restart. It is also not clear how will the fire impact the electric supply in California.
To put out the fire, the firefighters had to climb up a 300 feet boiler tower to reach the scene. According to the officials, the fire was at about a height two-thirds up the tower. The plant's workers had managed to control the flames till the time firefighters actually reached the scene. The fire was reportedly extinguished approximately twenty minutes from when it started.
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