The mirrors reflect and concentrate sunlight 500 times onto a high-capacity solar photovoltaic (PV) cell in a central point at the front of the dish. Each cell generates approximately 26 kilowatts (kW) of electricity, depending on season, time of day and cloud cover. The PV cells are 35 per cent efficient.
Each dish comprises 112 mirrors, and each mirror measures 1,100 mm x 1,100 mm.
Starting at the exact location of sunrise in the morning, the dishes face and follow the sun. At the end of the day, they track back to the east in preparation for the following day’s operation.
The mirrors are aligned north-south and are separated to avoid shading each other in the early morning and late afternoon.