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Clare Hudson
Clare Hudson
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  • 01st August 2011

Huge Solar Tower in Arizona will become the World’s second tallest building after the Burj in Dubai

A gigantic solar tower twice the size of the Empire State Building and nearly as tall as the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, will soon be built in the middle of the Arizona desert.

The Australian company EnviroMission is designing the structure which will use wind turbines to force air heated by the sun up a 2, 600 ft chimney, creating enough electricity to power around 150, 000 homes. It is expected that approximately 1, 500 people will be employed to help build the tower which will cost around $700 million.

EnviroMission said that the Southern California Public Power Authority has agreed for construction to go ahead. The company chose the US to build the tower over Australia because more incentives were offered and Australia still relies heavily on coal.

Chris Dave Cartert, president of EnviroMission said: "It doesn't use water; it does it reliably; it does it cost competitively. I don't think the industry could ask for more than that."

More solar towers could be built in Mexico, India and Australia

Source: Massive solar tower in Arizona to be world’s 2nd largest building