|Jasmine from The Baghdad Cafe|
We've got the picture because the bright spots to either side of Jasmine are caused by dust in the path of concentrated sunlight from the old Solar One plant. Solar One and Solar Two used mirrors to concentrate sunlight to generate steam to drive a turbine, much like a conventional coal fired power plant does. Photovoltaic (solar cells) are getting most of the press these days, and most of the installations, but a new steam generator called Ivanpah just came online near Las Vegas.
|Ivanpah Solar Power Facility. Note the bright areas in the air near the towers.|