A desert full of mirrors: 55,000 covering an area the size of 400 football pitches will project sunlight onto the world’s highest solar tower

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Workers have been busy installing the mirrors around Ashalim solar power station in Negev desert, Israel
Astonishing photos show scale of the project, which covers a mind-blowing one million squared metres
Mirrors feed solar heat into a 240-metre-tall solar tower, which is believed to be the highest in the world
Project will be completed next year and aims to provide around one per cent of the country's electricity
The call for renewable energy has never been greater.
And Israel is hoping to shine a beacon on the importance of sustainability as it prepares to create the world's highest solar tower by 2017.
Workers have already been busy installing a whopping 55,000 mirrors around the Ashalim solar power station in the Negev desert near Kibbutz Ashalim, southern Israel.
And astonishing new photos show the scale of the project - which covers a mind-blowing one million squared metres.
Workers are seen to place the towering reflective surfaces around the area with the aid of cranes to create a breathtaking sea of glass.
From this field, the mirrors will feed solar heat into a 240-metre-tall solar tower, which is believed to be the highest in the world according to constructors, GE Renewable Energy.

The mirrors themselves are also extremely progressive, for, not only are they bigger than those used in previous projects, but are also controlled by a dedicated Wifi network, rather than cables.
And the results are expected to have a huge impact on the country.
For, the tower is expected to create 320GWH of electricity, which is enough to power around 120,000 homes and provide around one percent of Israel's electricity.
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