If everything goes according to plan, a new solar tower in Arizona will be the second tallest building in the world. The tower, which solar company EnviroMission is planning to build 130 miles west of Phoenix in La Paz county, will be twice as tall as the Empire State Building and will provide power to 150,000 homes.
The $700 million project will bring over 1500 jobs to Arizona.
EnviroMission has already agreed to a 30-year power purchase agreement with the Southern California Public Power Authoirty, but they still need to negotiate a land deal with Arizona.
Chris Davey, EnviroMission president, said:
“Arizona is large enough for us to build multiple facilities. Where the first project is located, there’s enough land for half a dozen facilities out there.”
The Daily Mail reports that a similar tower, although much smaller, has already been built in Spain. EnviroMission plans to build multiple towers in Mexico, India, and Australia if everything goes fine in Arizona.
Enviromission hopes to have the solar tower completed by 2015.