CPV boot camps will promote power plant development using concentrator solar

The CPV Consortium will hold “CPV Boot Camp” Workshops to help solar project developers, utilities and financiers to accurately evaluate concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) systems for medium- and large-scale projects deployed in solar-rich regions.

(September 22, 2010 – BUSINESS WIRE) — The CPV Consortium, a global non-profit industry organization, will hold two “CPV Boot Camp” Workshops to help solar project developers, utilities and financiers to accurately evaluate concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) systems as a compelling technology for medium- and large-scale projects deployed in the solar-rich regions of the world.

“CPV technology is being deployed globally today, but as a comparatively new technology there has been a lack of information and analytical tools available to help project developers and utilities make informed decisions on CPV technology in new projects,” said Nancy Hartsoch, chair of the CPV Consortium. “The goal of our ‘Boot Camp’ workshop is to enable a more thorough evaluation of CPV technology as a broadly applicable option for solar plants, in a factual approach without commercial messages.”

In a recent research report, Jason Eckstein, Lux Research, said that, in the CPV category, Amonix has broken away from its competitors followed by Concentrix and Solaria, while the rest of the CPV field struggles. Concentrix recently expanded in the US, announcing the move during Intersolar North America 2010 in July, and citing strong solar resources and huge electricity demand in the US.

Solar Power International:

The first workshop is being held in partnership with Solar Power International in Los Angeles, California on Monday, October 11, 2010 at the Los Angeles Convention Center from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
To register for this workshop go to: https://www.solarpowerinternational.com

EPIA Thin Film Conference:

The second workshop is being held in partnership with the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) following its Thin Film Conference on Wednesday, November 10, 2010.
To register for this conference go to http://www.epia.org/events/upcoming-events/1st-epia-international-cpv-conference.html

Both full day seminars will feature presentations and discussion from industry experts along with virtual tours of CPV plants generating electricity today.

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The workshops are designed for developers, utilities, and energy directors for public and private organizations, especially those seeking to optimize energy production, deploy projects rapidly and meet requirements for sustainable energy sources.

The CPV Consortium is an international industry organization that supports the development and long-term success of the Concentrator Photovoltaics industry with the goal of providing a low-cost, reliable source of renewable energy.

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