Archive Category : California News: Installations

Desert plant has pollution problem

A solar power plant at the center of the Obama administration’s push to reduce America’s carbon footprint by using millions of taxpayer dollars to promote green energy has its own carbon pollution problem. The Ivanpah plant in the Mojave Desert uses natural gas as a supplementary fuel. Data from the California Energy Commission show that the plant burned enough natural gas in 2014–its first year of operation–to emit more than 46,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide. Read More →

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California Is Building The Country’s Largest Solar Desalination Plant

A new solar-powered desalination plant, which will likely begin construction early next year in Fresno County, will make enough water for 10,000 homes or 2,000 acres of cropland in a year. Read More →

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Are Solar Power Towers Doomed in California?

It used to be the future of solar. From the time the 10-megawatt Solar One project rose east of Barstow in 1981, renewable energy advocates imagined that California’s solar future would look a lot like Solar One, a tower with a bright white boiler on top, illuminated by sunlight reflected from more than 1,700 large mirrors arranged in concentric circles around the tower’s base. Read More →

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California Achieves New Utility-Scale Solar Energy Generation Peak Of 6.391 GW

The state of California has achieved a new electricity generation peak record for utility-scale solar energy, according to recent reports. The new record of 6.391 gigawatts (alternating current, not direct current) was achieved on August 20, 2015, according to California’s grid operator. This figure refers to both utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) projects and concentrating solar power (CSP) projects. Read More →

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1.1 MW Solar PV Array Facilitates Optimized Energy Use At Leading California Dairy

Congressman David Valadao (R-CA) presided over the dedication of a significant new solar power system in the Central Valley – at Medeiros & Son Dairy. The 1.1 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) system was designed and deployed by Visalia-based CalCom Solar, a developer of solar projects for agribusinesses and water districts. Read More →

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Navy Signs Largest-Ever U.S. Solar Deal

The Navy announced Thursday that it will buy power from a sprawling solar farm in the Arizona desert to help power 14 military installations in California, in the largest renewable energy purchase by the U.S. government to date. Read More →

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California’s First Commercial Solar Desalination Plant to Bring Freshwater to the Central Valley

HydroRevolution, a California subsidiary of WaterFX, today announced plans to build a commercial solar desalination plant in the Panoche Water and Drainage District in California’s Central Valley. Once constructed, HydroRevolution will provide a highly sustainable water source to local water districts by using solar energy to recycle salt impaired water into freshwater. Read More →

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The lonely energy projects left behind by the clean energy evolution

As clean energy evolves into a major industry, pioneering but no longer competitive energy projects act as a reminder of how fast technology is changing. Ultra low cost solar panels and lithium ion batteries are remaking how homeowners, businesses and utilities use energy. But dramatically cheaper prices for these technologies in recent years also means that other early innovations once seen as the future are now far less competitive. The result: A number of one-of-a-kind experimental energy projects that may be the first and last of their kinds. Read More →

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Solar Star, Largest PV Power Plant in the World, Now Operational

BHE Renewables’ 579 MW Solar Star project in Antelope Valley, Calif. went fully on-line on June 19th, allowing it to claim the title of the largest operational solar project on the planet. All three of the world’s largest photovoltaic solar plants are now located in California—Solar Star narrowly edges out the 550 MW Topaz Solar project in San Luis Obispo County and the 550 MW and the 550-megawatt Desert Sunlight project in Riverside for the title. Read More →

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High-Tech Solar Projects Fail to Deliver

Some costly high-tech solar power projects aren’t living up to promises their backers made about how much electricity they could generate. Solar-thermal technology, which uses mirrors to capture the sun’s rays, was once heralded as the advance that would overtake old fashioned solar panel farms. But a series of missteps and technical difficulties threatens to make newfangled solar-thermal technology obsolete. Read More →

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