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Nevada hosts Solar Power Generation 2011 conference

January 25, 2011 - UNITED STATES

Lawrence Smallman

Over 300 prominent executives from 32 countries are booked to attend the 2011 conference in Las Vegas - including the directors of major state electrical companies from Texas, Arizona, Florida, Southern California, Nevada and Hawaii. Focusing on the potential for the United States to become the largest solar energy generator in the world, topics on the agenda will address what steps need to be taken to encourage power companies to take up solar power generation. Federal organizations, such as the Environmental Protection Agency and the Export-Import Bank of the United States, will also attend. Delegates will also hear a round-up of developments in 2010 and those proposed for 2011 and how big an impact will they have. The US currently has the single largest solar energy generating facility in the world - in California's Mojave Desert. Additionally, the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, located 60 km southwest of Las Vegas in Nevada, is planned to have a capacity of 392 megawatts - making it the world's largest solar thermal power project currently under construction. But even so, Spain already produces more electricity from the sun than all of the US states combined and South Africa has recently announced plans to build the biggest plant in the world to date. (WRITTEN NOV 2010)

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Date written/update: 2011-01-25