MagazineOct 1, 2015
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.
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