The SSPS plants were constructed and are operated, on the Spanish Plataforma Solar near Almeria, in southern Spain. The specific location is: longitude 2°23′W and latitude 37°06′N. and the elevation is 500m. The site is in a semi arid area where agricultural efforts are frequently attempted, but have a rather poor success history. At the time this site was selected by the Spanish authorities the province of Almeria was a rather economically depressed area, having incurred three to five years of below normal rain fall and a slow industrial growth.
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