It is no mirage. The largest concentrating photovoltaic power plant in North America has materialized in a corner of the California desert, and it may well serve as a shiny billboard for other CPV companies as they struggle to gain a beachhead in the solar market.

"For the first time, there is a case where the concentrating PV panels themselves are cheap enough to market [thereby] making up the cost and complexity of the tracking systems." -- Maurice Gunderson, Senior Partner, CMEA Capital