Today, over 520 MW of Concentrated Solar Thermal Power (CSP) plants operate in the United States and there are over 1,950 MW of CSP projects with signed PPAs.
Reacting to President Obama’s major new plan to combat climate change, Rhone Resch, president and CEO of SEIA, today released the following statement.
“We thank the Department of the Interior and the Department of Energy for finalizing the process for solar energy development on public lands."
While CSP makes up 27% of utility-scale projects under construction in the nation, the proportion of utility-scale CSP projects under development is smaller at 19% of the total, or 4.77 GW.
This quarter’s activity brings the total amount of solar photovoltaic across America to 4,427 MW. In addition, concentrated solar power (CSP) facilities are providing 516 MW of electric power to the U.S.
The report also finds that solar power, photovoltaic, solar thermal and concentrated solar power, has yielded significant public benefits in exchange for federal support.
U.S.: The combined CSP and CPV pipeline exceeds 9 GW; more than 2.4 GW have signed power purchase agreements
No concentrating solar power (CSP) projects came online during Q1 2011, but 1.1 GW of CSP and concentrating photovoltaic (CPV) projects are under construction.
SEIA President Rhone Resch Testifies before the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee.
In total, 878 megawatts (MW) of photovoltaic (PV) capacity and 78 MW of concentrating solar power (CSP) were installed in the U.S. in 2010, enough to power roughly 200,000 homes.
In Blythe, a new 1,000 MW concentrating solar power plant - the Solar Trust of America Blythe - is under development. It will be the largest solar energy project in the world.
By the end of the year, the U.S. industry might surpass one gigawatt of installations, between photovoltaic, concentrated solar energy, and solar heating and cooling projects.
The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and GTM Research reported that U.S. solar industry exports exceeded, by $723 million, solar imports in 2009 in their first-ever “U.S. Solar Energy Trade Assessment 2010.”
Global solar energy capacity may reach 980 gigawatts by 2020 as governments worldwide seek to reduce fossil fuel consumption and cut emissions of greenhouse gases, a group of renewable energy associations said.