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The Loan Programs Office’s Accomplishment

By Roy L Hales

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 3.43.47 PMAmerica’s solar industry is celebrating its most stellar year. The amount of capacity number of installations have grown from a mere 45 MW, in 2003, to 4,751 MW in 2013. As Rhone Resch, President and CEO of Solar Energy Industrieys  Association (SEIA) puts it, solar energy is now mainstream. More than half of those installations was from ere utility scale solar projects that probably would not have come into being were not for the Department of Energy’s Loan Programs Office (LPO).
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SEIA’s 2013 Market Review: Solar Is Now Mainstream

By Roy L Hales

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 3.43.47 PMWhen Rhone Resch used to get together with the CEOs from other energy sectors for lunch, he always felt like the little guy at the table. He might have been President of the Solar Energy Industry Association, but it was the major players – like gas and oil – that used to pick up the tab. Those days have gone: around 29% of all new electricity installations during 2013 were solar, the industry is now  mainstream.
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New Lux Research Report Predicts a Comeback for Concentrated Solar Power

By Roy L Hales

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 3.43.47 PMIn 2010 concentrating solar power (CSP) projects like Ivanpah were heralded as the future of utility scale solar projects. Spain and the US led the World in the development of this technology. Since then, they have since largely fallen to the wayside in the wake of inexpensive  photovoltaics (PV) and presently survive in niche applications. The average CSP system costs 37% to 60% more than a comparable PV system. A new report from Lux Research predicts this will continue until CSP providers develop components that operate at high temperatures, integrate low-cost thermal energy storage (TES), reduce materials and maintain system performance.
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California Energy Commission On Palen’s Negative Impact

California Energy Commission On Palen’s Negative Impact on the desert’s sensitive plants and animals, CO2 emissions, & Native American sacred sites

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The California Energy Commission’s environmental analysis of the Palen CSP project is only the most recent of many set-backs for a company that many think of as the flagship of Obama’s Industrial solar fleet. According to the executive summary, the negative impacts on “Cultural resources,” “land use,” and visual resources all need to be mitigated.
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