South Africa has chosen 17 preferred bidders – most of them solar and wind – from 93 contenders in round three of its renewable energy tenders program.
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De Bortoli Wines to launch its 230kW PV generator and 200kW solar thermal pre-heater – the largest of their kind installed at any Australian winery to date.
The biggest parabolic trough array with molten salt storage has opened for business in Arizona – one of 3 key projects marking the renaissance of solar thermal energy.
The Gemasolar power plant with molten salt storage marks 2nd anniversary with a record-breaking 36 consecutive days of 24/7 output from solar.
The 377MW Ivanpah solar power tower plant has exported electricity to the local grid for the first time as it prepares for its grand opening.
The goal of having 100 per cent renewable energy is no longer a mere aspiration, it could be inevitable. The plunging technology costs of wind and solar have unleashed economic forces that could be unstoppable.
Solar thermal technology developers sidelined by the plunge in the price of solar PV in recent years believe that the addition of cost-effective storage is their way back into the market. eSolar is adding storage to its solar tower technology as it chases the mining, industrial and oil recovery markets.
Mining companies are now embracing solar PV and solar thermal technologies to reduce their dependence of diesel and other fossil fuels – and to keep a lid on soaring energy costs. The first solar thermal plant for a mining operation has been opened, and BHP has tested the waters by commissioning a 1MW project for its high-altitude Chilean copper project.
ARENA chairman Greg Bourne explains the rejection of Solar Dawn, why he rejects technology pie charts, why he is focused on hybrid and remote solutions, and his take on geothermal.
The Grattan Institute’s study into Australia’s energy future canvasses seven technologies that could help deliver an 80 per cent reduction in emissions by 2050 – wind, solar PV, solar thermal, geothermal, CCS, nuclear and bio-energy. And then there is the grid, and it’s need to be smart and play fair, and not just favour the incumbent coal and gas plants.
Global banking and asset management group Investec plans 50MW solar PV power plant near Kalgoorlie, as local miners look to solar to offset high cost of gas and diesel. According to BNEF, solar PV is already cheaper than new build coal in Western Australia.
China lifts its 2015 solar PV target again, California signs on for first large solar thermal with storage plant, Yingli reports rebound in margins, solar PV funding goes mainstream.
Update: Plans to replace Collinsville coal-fired power station with 50MW ‘baseload’ plant using solar PV, and solar thermal/gas hybrid.
Italy trumps Germany as most solar powered industrialized nation, while Spain’s array of solar thermal plants start to power up.