08 Nov '11, 6pm

Head of large fossil-fuel utility: We'd like to build more coal, but all we can afford is solar.

Head of large fossil-fuel utility: We'd like to build more coal, but all we can afford is solar.

About 85 percent of NRG Energy's committed investments for the next three years will go to solar projects, mainly for three utility-scale projects that have received federal loan guarantees, the company said Thursday. Next year, the independent power producer expects to spend $705 million on its solar projects compared with $120 million on conventional projects. From 2013 through 2014, the company intends to spend $315 million on its solar projects and $65 million on conventional projects … Solar development will come more from rooftop projects, according to Crane. "The distributed, residential is going to end up swamping the bag-scale projects," he said. NRG plans to install 733 megawatts (MW) of solar panels over four years on [a] warehouse owned by ProLogis under a partnership backed by DOE and Bank of America. A form of Moore's law -- the doubling every two years of th...

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