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World's largest solar plant is operational

Andasol, the world’s largest solar power station with 600,000 parabolic mirrors, has become operational.

Spread over terrain which covers the equivalent of 210 football pitches, the mirrors gyrate simultaneously to follow the sun’s path through the sky.

Situated on the flatlands of the Guadix plateau, 30 miles from Granada, were chosen by the backers of Andasol, a joint venture by four German companies, as the location for their €350m (£293bn) investment because, at 1,100 metres above sea level, Guadix’s atmosphere is clearer and less turbulent than lower altitudes.

Because of this, it captures more solar energy than the entire Saudi Arabian peninsula.

Other plus points include an ample underground spring system, which supplies water for the turbines, as well as 2,000 hours of sunlight per annum.

However like the recent slashing of Feed-In-Tariffs in the UK  Rainer Kistner, Andasol’s director, fears they face equally dismal prospects in Spain, too.

He said: “In the future, we know that tariffs will go down.”