German energy company RWE announced that steam generated by the heat of the sun was used to produce energy for the first time at the Andasol 3 solar thermal power plant in southern Spain.

Parabolic mirrors deflected the sun’s rays to produce energy from a solar thermal power plant in the south of Spain for the first time, an energy company said.

German energy company RWE announced that steam generated by the heat of the sun was used to produce energy for the first time at the Andasol 3 solar thermal power plant in southern Spain.

RWE said that by the end of the month, storage vessels for a liquid-salt mixture meant to store heat to generate electricity will be filled. More than 200,000 parabolic mirrors were installed at the site to help generate electricity, the company said.

The first test paves the way for the launch of a solar power plant capable of generating 50 megawatts of electricity.

Andasol 3 is set for commercial operations in October. Two sister facilities are already connected to the Spanish energy grid. When all three are operating, they will provide enough energy to meet the energy demands of more than 500,000 consumers, the company said.

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