The sun sits high over the Nevada desert in the Eldorado Valley, gleaming off the upside down rows of mirrored parabolic trough collectors at the Nevada Solar One power plant. Gilbert Cohen, senior vice president of Acciona Solar, stands beneath one of the collectors and points to the mountains in the horizon.

"Because of the track record [the parabolic trough industry] had in southern California with the 354 megawatts (MW) operating -- and actually improving in performance -- I think you're seeing the financial institutions more willing to embrace trough technology because it's proven and the risks are less." --Thomas Rueckert, U.S. DOE, Program Manager for CSP Managment