Lemont-based Argonne National Lab has been working with the US Departments of the Interior and Energy to develop solar energy programs in the southwestern states of Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah. The project is meant to help the US diversify its energy consumption and ween off oil. Continue reading here.
Gillespie Solar Energy Zone - To evaluate the visual impacts of solar development, Argonne researchers provided schematic visualizations of how hypothetical solar facilities would appear to surrounding regions. They used Google Earth to create this visualization of the Gillespie Solar Energy Zone in Arizona (shown in orange tint), with a power tower wireframe model, as seen from Signal Mountain, AZ. Photo courtesy Argonne National Laboratory. Photo from Argonne National Lab Flickr Account