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Feb 13, 2014 4:19 PM by Associated Press

Huge US thermal plant opens as industry grows

PRIMM, Nevada (AP) - A solar power plant sprawling over 5 square miles - the largest of its type in the world - has formally opened along the California-Nevada border.

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz was on hand Thursday to dedicate the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, which is located near Primm, Nev.

The huge plant uses nearly 350,000 mirrors - each roughly the size of a garage door - to gather the sun's energy to make electricity.

Moniz says in a statement that the plant is a shining example of how America is becoming a world leader in solar energy.

He says building a clean-energy economy creates jobs, curbs greenhouse gas emissions and fosters innovation.

The $2.2 billion complex can produce enough power for 140,000 homes.

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