The World's #1 Renewable Energy Network for News, Information, and Companies.
Untitled Document

392 More MW of CSP Approved

Chalk another point for concentrating solar power (CSP) in California. Or make that 392 points. Weeks after approving a 1-GW plant and 250-MW plant, the California Energy Commission told BrightSource Energy that it could proceed with construction of a 392-MW CSP project in the Mojave Desert.

Like the other projects already approved, BrightSource must wait for a Bureau of Land Management decision to start putting steel in the ground. However, the BLM has indicated that it will fast track these decisions.

BrightSource uses fields of mirrors called “heliostats” that reflect sunlight onto a boiler in a central power tower. The company claims that the process is one of the most environmentally-friendly CSP technologies because it is air cooled, thus requiring around 95% less water than wet-cooled facilities.

Also, by using mirrors that can be installed along the contours of the landscape, the company says it doesn't have to flatten the ground around the project. Parabolic troughs, on the other hand, require perfectly flat ground.

Things have fallen into place for BrightSource in 2010. The company got a $1.3 billion loan guarantee from the federal government earlier this year to build the facility and it signed power purchase agreements with two major California utilities, PG&E and SCE.

It's been a long few years for CSP companies as they've worked with financiers, utilities, regulators and environmental groups to iron out the details of these new and complicated projects. That work is finally paying off.

The Sleeping Giant of solar is finally awake.

In the interview below, BrightSource's Charlie Ricker explains why he's bullish about the CSP market in the U.S.

Untitled Document

RELATED ARTICLES

Stolen Solar Panels and Sabotage A Challenge for Powering India With Renewable Energy

Anindya Upadhyay, Bloomberg Disappointment spread across Tarun Singh’s face when he saw that parts of his solar power microgrid in eastern India’...

States Already Seek To Delay Clean Power Plan

Andrew Harris, Bloomberg Fifteen states led by coal-rich West Virginia asked a federal court to stall Obama administration rules intended to c...

Suntech Parent Company Buys Majority Share of US-based Suniva

Ehren Goossens Shunfeng International Clean Energy Ltd., the Hong Kong-based solar company controlled by billionaire Zheng Jianming,...

Sunrise in Pakistan as the Country Delves into Solar PV

Robert Harker Pakistan has joined the list of countries that are exploring solar power as a means to bridge critical energy generat...

PRESS RELEASES

Free ImagineSolar Online Course Demonstration

ImagineSolar will be holding another live demonstration of PV250e: Solar PV Economics a...

Canadian Solar Announces Partnership in 200 MW Tranquility Solar Power Project

Recurrent Energy signed an agreement with Southern Power to partner on the Tranquility ...

AWS Truepower Announces Major Expansion of its Due Diligence Team in Response to Growing Market Demand

AWS Truepower, an international leader in wind and solar energy consulting and engineer...

FEATURED BLOGS

NATiVE Recognized for Excellence at 2015 Greater Austin Business Awards

NATiVE Recognized for Excellence at 2015 Greater Austin Business Awards NEWS RELEASE AUSTIN, Texas – Aug. 27...

Solar Energy Means Jobs, Savings, and a Low-Cost Future [infographic]

There are a lot of utility-sponsored legislative and regulatory attacks on solar energy lately, and we put together t...

How To Get People To Do Stuff

It’s no secret that psychology and sales go hand in hand. If you understand the principles of human psychology ...

FINANCIAL NEWS

I am a reporter with ClimateProgress.org, a blog published by the Center for American Progress. I am former editor and producer for RenewableEnergyWorld.com, where I contributed stories and hosted the Inside Renewable Energy Podcast. Keep in to...

CURRENT MAGAZINE ISSUE

Volume 18, Issue 4
1507REW_C11

STAY CONNECTED

To register for our free
e-Newsletters, subscribe today:

SOCIAL ACTIVITY

Tweet the Editors! @jennrunyon

FEATURED PARTNERS



EVENTS

Intersolar North America 2016

Exhibition: July 12 - 14, 2016; Conference: July 11 - 13, 2016 Intersola...

Intersolar Europe 2016

Exhibition: June 22-24, 2016; Conference: June 21-22, 2016 Intersolar Eu...

1-1/2 Day Photovoltaic System Fundamentals Workshop

Participants will learn how to assess the solar resources available at a...

COMPANY BLOGS

Pushing Beyond The Cushion

Efficiency projects are all too often viewed as “optional” o...

Less Is More

When you’re giving a presentation, one of the easiest things to do...

Captivology

One of the biggest challenges we face as efficiency sales professionals ...

NEWSLETTERS

Renewable Energy: Subscribe Now

Solar Energy: Subscribe Now

Wind Energy: Subscribe Now

Geothermal Energy: Subscribe Now

Bioenergy: Subscribe Now  

 

FEATURED PARTNERS