California approves solar plant in space

12/3/2009 | NYTimes.com

California is slated to launch the nation's first space-based solar power plant in 2016. The orbiting solar farm will collect the sun's energy in space, convert it into radio frequency waves and then beam them to a station in central California, where they will be transformed back into electricity. A solar power plant in space can collect energy 24 hours a day, but the plan still faces significant technological and financial obstacles.

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