Some Skepticism on Solar Thermal Power’s Storage Potential

Date: 3 Jan 2012 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 2 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Yesterday New York Times reporter Matt Wald had a piece on the role of energy storage in supporting the expansion of renewable energy.  However, his specific focus on solar thermal power generation overlooks the potentially high costs of relying on … Read More

Solar PV Has an Speed Edge on Concentrating Solar Thermal

Date: 14 Jun 2011 | posted in: Energy | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

CSP represents over 6,000 MW of the over 15,000 MW of future solar projects that SEPA is tracking, but there are differences in project development between CSP and PV. PV can be built and sub-sections of the larger project can be energized over time, resulting in lower construction risk and balance-sheet impact. CSP projects need to be completed in full before commissioning, a period which takes several years from start to finish. [emphasis added]

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