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Oct 1, 2015

The Andasol Solar Power Station

The Andasol Solar Power Station

On a barren, sun-baked plateau in southern Spain, row upon row of gleaming mirrors form one of the world's biggest solar power plants and harness the sun's power even after dark. The Andasol plant provides electricity for up to about 500,000 people from about 620,000 curved mirrors. The glass alone would cover 1.5 square km (0.6 square miles) - the size of about 210 soccer pitches.

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A general view of the Andasol solar power station near Guadix, southern Spain August 10, 2015. The plant is the biggest solar farm in the world and provides electricity for up to about 500,000 people. The 620,000 curved mirrors harness the sun's power even after dark, and the glass alone would cover 1.5 square km (0.6 square miles) - the size of about 210 soccer pitches. MARCELO DEL POZO/REUTERS

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A view of a solar field at the Andasol solar power station near Guadix, southern Spain July 1, 2015. MARCELO DEL POZO/REUTERS

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The sun shines through reflector panels of a solar collector assembly at the Andasol solar power station near Guadix, southern Spain June 29, 2015. MARCELO DEL POZO/REUTERS

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Solar collector assemblies are seen in front of electricity pylons at the Andasol solar power station near Guadix, southern Spain June 30, 2015. MARCELO DEL POZO/REUTERS

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A worker walks through solar collector assemblies at the Andasol solar power station near Guadix, southern Spain August 10, 2015. MARCELO DEL POZO/REUTERS

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A worker checks solar collector assemblies at the Andasol solar power station near Guadix, southern Spain June 30, 2015. MARCELO DEL POZO/REUTERS

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Pigeons fly over a solar collector assembly at the Andasol solar power station near Guadix, southern Spain August 10, 2015. MARCELO DEL POZO/REUTERS

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An aerial view of Andasol solar power station near Guadix, southern Spain August 8, 2015. MARCELO DEL POZO/REUTERS

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Wind turbines are seen near the Andasol solar power station near Guadix, southern Spain August 10, 2015. MARCELO DEL POZO/REUTERS

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An aerial view of a solar field at the Andasol solar power station near Guadix, southern Spain June 30, 2015. MARCELO DEL POZO/REUTERS

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An aerial view of the Andasol solar power station near Guadix, southern Spain June 30, 2015. MARCELO DEL POZO/REUTERS

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Staff walk behind solar collector assemblies at the Andasol solar power station near Guadix, southern Spain August 11, 2015. MARCELO DEL POZO/REUTERS

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Pipes are seen in front of solar collector assemblies at the Andasol solar power station near Guadix, southern Spain August 10, 2015. MARCELO DEL POZO/REUTERS

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A worker drives among solar collector assemblies at the Andasol solar power station near Guadix, southern Spain July 1, 2015. MARCELO DEL POZO/REUTERS

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The moon is seen between reflector panels of a solar collector assembly at the Andasol solar power station near Guadix, southern Spain June 30, 2015. MARCELO DEL POZO/REUTERS

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Staff check a solar collector assembly at the Andasol solar power station near Guadix, southern Spain August 11, 2015. MARCELO DEL POZO/REUTERS

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Solar collector assemblies are seen behind flowers at the Andasol solar power station near Guadix, southern Spain August 10, 2015. MARCELO DEL POZO/REUTERS

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The sun reflects off a solar collector assembly during sunset at the Andasol solar power station near Guadix, southern Spain June 30, 2015. MARCELO DEL POZO/REUTERS

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A part of a power block at the Andasol solar power station is pictured near Guadix, southern Spain June 29, 2015. MARCELO DEL POZO/REUTERS

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The main pipe of a power block at the Andasol solar power station is pictured near Guadix, southern Spain June 29, 2015. MARCELO DEL POZO/REUTERS

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The sun reflects off a solar collector assembly during sunset at the Andasol solar power station near Guadix, southern Spain June 30, 2015. MARCELO DEL POZO/REUTERS

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An area of southern Spain at the base of the Sierra Nevada mountains is seen in a combination of NASA satellite images taken in 1999 (L) before the construction of the Andasol solar power station and in 2014 (R) with the power plant clearly visible. NASA/REUTERS

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