As you sit down to celebrate around your holiday tree, consider this: that tree you’ve taken home is one of nature’s greatest solutions for converting solar energy. In fact, there’s no cheaper energy source than the sun. But harvesting and converting that energy for us humans is tougher than it is for trees. Achieving this epic task takes the dedicated work of professionals like those at Rioglass Solar.
Rioglass Solar is a company based in Madrid, Spain. Established in 2007, it now has plants in Spain, Arizona, and South Africa. Their goal is to keep pushing for the advancement of solar technology to make it cheaper and more efficient to capture.
Its massive modern plants in Spain take up over a million square feet and cost about $65M. Inside, about 200 employees get to work every morning to assemble curved glass sheets for thermoelectrical power stations for parabolic concentrators. What’s that mean? They make the mirrors that absorb the sun’s radiation and convert it to solar power.
Take a peek inside the company’s solar assembly plants in Spain in this behind-the-scenes video:
At Ohio Valley Goodwill, we love industries that invest in and produce green technology, especially here around the holidays when we’re reflecting on the past and looking toward the future. We abide by the reduce, reuse, and recycle principles ourselves in everything we do. After all, what’s more green than reusing donated goods? Reuse isn’t all we do, of course. We also offer assembly services that put veterans and people with disabilities to work in our community. Learn more about our mission – and our services – when you come and speak with us!