02 May '11, 9pm

Coachella’s #solar stage: Here’s why the project is innovative, both in technology and business model

Coachella’s #solar stage: Here’s why the project is innovative, both in technology and business model

It was a sunny year at the 2011 Coachella Music Festival, and the stage is set for the town's new concentrating photovoltaic farm. Photo: Paige K. Parsons An interesting solar development got buried by Thursday’s big news that French fossil fuel conglomerate Total had agreed to acquire a majority stake in SunPower , the Silicon Valley photovoltaic panel maker and power plant development. That $1.37 billion Total is spending on SunPower naturally overshadowed the Southern California desert community of Coachella’s announcement that it had flipped the switch on a 420-kilowatt concentrating photovoltaic farm at its water reclamation plant. Don’t yawn. Here’s why the project is innovative, both in its use of technology and the business model. Electricity payments typically account for 30 percent of a wastewater plant’s operation and maintenance costs (and such facilities consu...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/solar-power/2011-04-29-on-coachellas...

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