03 May '11, 2pm

Suntrough Goes Small With Solar Thermal in Developing Nations: Suntrough is a solar thermal plant builder and

According to the CEO, "The story is levelized cost of electricity (LCOE), not just price per watt." One of the cost drivers, said Ansari, is the amount of high-priced labor required to install CSP. The Suntrough CSP design is containerized, the bulk of the power plant is assembled in a factory and delivered in cargo-containers to the site, while the solar field itself is assembled by low-cost local labor. Ansari says that the customer cost for a 10 megawatt CSP plant in India is under $3.00 per watt with this approach. Ansari cited the cheapest PV installations as coming in around $3.50 per watt. Brett Prior, Senior Solar Analyst at GTM Research calculates the Brightsource power tower in the $5.00 to $6.00 per watt range. (EIRs for tortoises and Bechtel as EPC don't come cheap.) The EPC is the real expensive part of the program and Suntrough's method looks to reduce that c...

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