Solar power plant switches to PV from thermal

Developers of the giant Blythe Solar Power Project in California have switched from solar thermal technology to photovoltaic solar panels, one of a string of similar changes at large-scale solar projects. Solar Millennium today said that the first 500-megawatt phase of the Blythe plant will use photovoltaic (PV) panels because the economics work better. The company earlier this year had received a conditional loan guarantee from the Department of Energy to develop a concentrating solar thermal plant, where heat from mirrored troughs makes steam which is passed through a turbine to generate electricity. But Germany-based Solar Millennium and its US subsidiary said it will use commercial financing and PV technology instead. Seven other utility-scale solar projects in the southwest U.S. have decided to scrap concentrating solar power (CSP) for PV. All told, that's about 2,515 megawatts of solar capacity that has converted, according to GTM Research analyst Brett Prior. The moves underscore how falling costs have improved the competitiveness of PV for large-scale projects. Solar PV prices have fallen by more than 50 percent over the last two years, making them more attractive to both the energy developer and institutions putting up the money to finance these projects.

First Ever GEA National Geothermal Summit Sparks Constructive Dialogue on Moving Geothermal Forward

More than 300 policy and industry leaders gathered in Reno for a successful session on moving utility scale geothermal energy forward despite challenging issues facing the industry.

AWS Truepower Now Offers Plant Performance Reporting Services

Making it cost effective for wind plant operators to get optimized plant production feedback.

SMA Sunny PRO Club Launches Regional Forums in the U.S. and Canada

Solar Industry Leader to Bring Technical Training, Marketing Solutions and Hands-on Product Workshops to Select Cities

AWS Truepower Announces Promotion and New Hires to Leadership Team

Marie Schnitzer Promoted to Senior Director of Investor and Solar Services, Christopher Dorando is Director of Business Development and Sreeni Krishnamurthy is Director of Information Services.

How much does solar energy cost?

How much does a solar energy system cost? Surprisingly, not as much as you would expect due to nice solar tax incentives from the federal government, state governments, and power companies.

The Solar Decathlon 2011 - Part 2

Here are 5 more entries in this years Solar Decathlon for your interest and enjoyment.

Biofuels Potential to Transform the Global Economy

The technology is in place, the product has been certified, and at the end of the day, one is talking about an agricultural product which, depending on where it is sown, can produce one or even two harvests a year.

Energy Storage Solutions

Energy storage is set to play a vital role in ensuring the economic viability of renewable energy by addressing its intermittency issues to make it available on demand. Equally, energy storage can play an important political role in the change to a low carbon economy by ensuring that the lights always stay on.

Atlantis Energy Systems, Inc. Proves its Metal as Fixture in the PV Marketplace

A Case Study of an Atlantis Energy Systems, Inc. Collaboration Future House USA

Clean, Reliable Power for Remote Off-Grid Communities

Ballard Power Systems (TSX: BLD) (NASDAQ: BLDP) provides clean energy fuel cell products enabling optimized power systems for a range of applications. Products contain proprietary esencia™ technology, ensuring incomparable performance, durability and versatility.

Case Study: Peak Demand Management with Fuel Cells

The CLEARgen™ unit is comprised of nine - 150 kilowatt PEM modules including the air delivery, cooling, fuel delivery and power electronics systems resulting in a one megawatt fuel cell power system.

CSP Gold Rush in South Africa

With the first 200MW of Concentrated Solar Thermal Power allocated as part of South Africa's IPP programme, the question at the forefront of the industry is does this represent a market changer or a one off opportunity?

Lufft Announces Production of Intelligent Weather Station with Integrated Pyranometer.

Fellbach Germany - G. LUFFT MESS- UND REGELTECHNIK GMBH announced that they will begin production of a new integrated weather station with built in pyranometer. The new sensor will be add solar radiation measurement to existing sensors for temperature, relative humidity, air pressure and wind.

Lufft Turns 130 Years!

During the month of August, 2011 G.Lufft Mess- und Regeltechnik GmbH (Lufft) celebrated their 130th birthday. Lufft has been providing precision climatological measuring equipment since its foundation by Gotthilf Lufft in 1881

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