A solar plant in Nipton, Calif., uses concentrating solar photovoltaic technology, which helps generate power and could save on water use. The unit does not have the cooling requirements of traditional systems and does not need to heat water to get steam. With fewer panels to clean, water savings are expected. The plant will provide about 85% of the yearly needs for electricity for the town, which is located on the northern border of the Mojave National Preserve.
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