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eSolar Ushers in New Era of Solar Energy with Unveiling of Sierra Power Plant
eSolar CEO Bill Gross is joined by more than 250 dignitaries and special guests at the official unveiling of Sierra SunTower – the only operating solar thermal power tower in the United States. (Photos: Andres Castaneda for eSolar)
August 5, 2009
Sierra's "Tower Two" stands dim as it awaits its ceremonial lighting which will be viewed by guests sheltered from the sun's rays and watching through the clear windows of the white tent in the distance.
Sierra's "Tower Two" stands dim as it awaits its ceremonial lighting which will be viewed by guests sheltered from the sun's rays and watching through the clear windows of the white tent in the distance.
Sierra's "Tower Two" stands dim as it awaits its ceremonial lighting which will be viewed by guests sheltered from the sun's rays and watching through the clear windows of the white tent in the distance.
Guests gather to get a closer look at the heliostats on display - and the mirror field a short distance away - as they wait for the ceremony to begin.
A lone heliostat can harness the sun's energy to power a clean energy future, but it can also provide a sunburn if you're not careful.
Bill Gross kicks off the ceremony by welcoming his fellow speakers and guests.
David Meyers, Executive Director of The Wildlands Conservancy
More than 250 invited guests joined eSolar to mark this historic day.
Dan Reicher, Director of Climate and Energy Initiatives at Google.org
David Crane, CEO of NRG Energy
Bill Gross accepts congratulations from Lancaster Mayor, R. Rex Parris.
Bill Gross, Founder and Chairman of eSolar
Moments after giving the computer command to "throttle up" the power plant's energy production, Bill Gross explains the process happening outside in which 24,000 mirrors are being precisely aligned to reflect sunlight to Sierra's two towers and the boilers mounted on top.
Guests mingle before the start of the event.
The modularity of eSolar's heliostats not only helps when they're deployed in the field, but also allows them to be easily displayed in the event's covered tent, protecting guests from the elements outside.
A bright, sunny summer day in Lancaster, California - perfect for generating emission-free solar energy.
Bill Gross explains the innovations developed by eSolar in the design of Sierra SunTower and their combined role in reducing the cost of generating solar electricity.
A basket of sunglasses are a necessity for a desert event.
Departing guests were sent on their way with a reusable memento from the day's event.
Bill Gross, Founder and Chairman of eSolar, stops to take a picture in front of one of the 24,000 heliostats deployed at the Sierra SunTower facility.
Bill Gross being interviewed by one of the many international media outlets that covered the event.
A row of eSolar heliostats await their day in the sun.
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