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Articles by Susan Kraemer

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Beaten by solar on price: Why natural gas is next fossil fuel to go

Beaten by solar on price: Why natural gas is next fossil fuel to go

Solar PV contracts are now cheaper than natural gas plants in the US, where even some utilities see a future where there will be no more gas turbines.

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How Ivanpah solar tower plant raised its performance in second year

How Ivanpah solar tower plant raised its performance in second year

In 2015, PG&E customers received about 97% of Ivanpah’s contracted electrons. But what exactly were the engineering challenges at Ivanpah – and why did they take a year to solve?

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California regulator gives Ivanpah solar towers more time to reach targets

California regulator gives Ivanpah solar towers more time to reach targets

Despite some alarmist headlines from solar-hater, the decision by California’s energy regulator to give the Ivanpah solar tower facility more time to reach targets makes sense. They are 97% there already.

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Crescent Dunes solar tower + storage project is on-line

Crescent Dunes solar tower + storage project is on-line

SolarReserve’s break-through Crescent Dunes solar tower with thermal storage has successfully generated electricity at its full 110MW capacity.

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Ivanpah solar tower plant generation is on track

Ivanpah solar tower plant generation is on track

Ivanpah has almost doubled its output in the first 6 months of 2015, to 309,288 MWh, compared to the same 6-month period in its first year.

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One weird trick prevents bird deaths at solar tower power plants

One weird trick prevents bird deaths at solar tower power plants

The solution to a serious problem discovered last year at Ivanpah — the first solar power tower in the US — actually has turned out to be “one weird trick.”