13 May '11, 5pm

Congentrix Offered Guarantee for First Utility-Scale Concentrating

The first utility-scale solar concentrating photovoltaic (CPV) plant just moved a step closer to fruition. The U.S. Department of Energy has offered a conditional commitment to Cogentrix for a $90.6 million loan guarantee to support construction of the Alamosa Solar Generating Project. The 30-megawatt (MW) project would be located in south-central Colorado near the city of Alamosa. Cogentrix estimates the project will create about 75 solar jobs during construction and 10 permanent jobs. The project also will source over 80% of its components from the U.S. The CPV system consists of concentrating optics and multi-junction solar cell panels that are controlled by a dual-axis tracking system. The tracking system rotates and tilts the cells throughout the day so the surface of the solar panel maintains an optimal angle with respect to the sun. The panels will be supplied by Am...

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