19 Aug '11, 9pm

World's Largest Solar Plant Lowers Cost - Care2.com

World's Largest Solar Plant Lowers Cost - Care2.com

Blythe Solar Power Project, a 1,000-megawatt installation in California’s Riverside County is switching from concentrated solar power to photovoltaics . Concentrating solar power uses parabolic dishes to heat up water and make steam which is used to spin a turbine for generating electricity. The decreasing cost of photovoltaic solar panels has made them more affordable, so the project will use them instead of CSP. The parabolic troughs used in CSP could cost the project about $5.79 a watt, whereas the photovoltaics might only cost $3.40 per watt. The first 500 megawatts will used photovoltaics instead of CSP, and it sounds as if the remaining 500 might also, due to decreasing PV costs. “We develop solar projects of the size, scale, and scope of the largest conventional power plants in order to propel solar energy forward as a mainstream source of clean energy. By managing ...

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