In 2010, the solar power installed in the United States was less than 1,000 megawatts (MW), while in 2014 it has almost grown by seven times to 6,967 MW.
California became the first state to generate more than 5% of its electricity from utility solar power, according a new report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).
California saw three concentrated solar power plants come fully online in 2014: the Genesis project in Riverside County and the Ivanpah and Mojave projects in San Bernardino County.
Atacama 1 solar complex, with an overall installed capacity of 210 MW, will include the first solar thermal plant in Latin America and a photovoltaic plant.
SolarReserve wants to install 800 MW of solar energy in Chile, photovoltaic and Concentrated Solar Power (CSP)
US concentrated solar power SolarReserve wants to install 800 MW of solar energy with energy storage technology in Chile in the next years.
Abengoa's Mojave Solar (250 MW) achieved commercial operation in December 2014, making 2014 the biggest year ever for Concentrated Solar Power (CSP).
Abengoa is currently developing two concentrated solar power (CSP) plants, 110 MW each, with tower technology coupled with a thermal energy storage system based on molten salts.
IEA Reports said solar photovoltaic (PV) systems could generate up to 16 percent of the world's electricity by 2050, while concentrated solar power plants could provide a further 11 percent.
Abengoa is now evaluating a new design that could reduce proposed capacity but plans Palen Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) as a single tower including thermal energy storage.
Photovoltaic solar power seems to get most of the attention when it comes to solar, but concentrated solar power electricity from concentrating solar power plants has also improved a lot in the last five years.
Since 2010, generation of solar thermal electricity (STE) from concentrated solar power (CSP) plants has grown strongly worldwide.
SolarReserve to speak on the integration of photovoltaic (PV) and advanced concentrated solar thermal power (CSP) technology for cost-competitive 24/7 baseload power.
The IEA reports that PV could provide 16% of the world’s electricity and concentrated solar power (CSP) could provide another 11%.