26 May '11, 4pm

AES 709 MW Solar Thermal Project Now Officially a PV Farm: Tessera Solar is/was the dedicated development arm

AES 709 MW Solar Thermal Project Now Officially a PV Farm: Tessera Solar is/was the dedicated development arm

Tessera Solar is/was the dedicated development arm for Stirling Energy Systems, a system manufacturer for dish-engine solar plants. Tessera had developed the Imperial Project, a 709-megawatt plant with a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) from SDG&E for 300 MW utilizing Stirling Engine technology. In February, Tessera Solar announced that AES Solar, a joint venture between AES and Riverstone Holdings, had acquired the Imperial Valley Solar Project . AES Solar intended to move the project forward to fulfill its obligations under the PPA. But not as a CSP project. The letter, reprinted below, makes it official that none of the Stirling Solar technology will remain as part of the PPA. It will all switch to PV. This illustrates the challenge of bringing an innovative, new CSP solution to market when more bankable PV or CSP architectures like troughs or power towers are available. ...

Full article: http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/aes-709-mw-so...

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