Close on the heels of top sports victories; Spain is continuing to make its mark globally in other arenas as well. Till now, the United States was the leader in the field of solar energy. Not any more. Spain has just been declared to have just taken the top spot here too. In the Spanish state of Navarra, the new La Florida plant is currently the world’s largest solar plant. Energy production at the plant brings the total solar output in Spain to 432 megawatts. The total output in the US stands now at 422 megawatts. The plant at La Florida is solar thermal, which uses parabolic troughs to heat liquid in tubes, which is then spun in turbines to produce electricity.
According to reports from Spain, there are plans to add another 600 megawatts of solar energy in a year’s time; their aim is to reach 2,500 megawatts by the year 2013. One factor that works immensely to Spain’s advantage is that the subsidies that the country provides for wind and solar development are among the highest in the world. Small wonder then that they lead the pack in clean energy production.