The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) plans to built two technology demonstration projects that will show utilities how they could augment fossil-fueled power plants with solar energy in a way that could result in reduced emissions and fuel costs. Both projects involve adding steam generated by a solar thermal field to a conventional fossil fuel-powered steam cycle to help generate electricity, creating a solar "hybrid" plant.

The hybrid system will inject solar-generated steam into the steam cycle of the fossil plants, resulting in fewer emissions and a lower reliance on fossil fuels.