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The LPO, A Highly Successful Government Program Continues

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMThe Loan Program Office’s (LPO) success rate is impressive by any standard. Given that it works with businesses that find it difficult to obtain bank loans, it is nothing short of phenomenal. Tesla, America’s rapid deployment of utilities scale PV solar and the first US produced battery packs are among the LPO’s success stories.
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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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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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