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The One Chart That Shows Why 2014 Was a Breakthrough Year for Utility-Scale Solar in America

December 16, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

Solar's Breakthrough Year?

Over the next two years, America will build 13 gigawatts of utility-scale solar PV plants. Those projects will surpass the country's cumulative solar capacity across all sectors reached at the end of 2013. Why such a big surge in utility-scale solar after a brief slowdown in the project pipeline? The answer is price.[read more]

A Landmark Deal in Mississippi Could Give a Big Boost to Utility-Scale Solar

August 13, 2014 by Martin LaMonica

Southern Company, which owns Mississippi Power, ranks nearly last when it comes to utilities’ use of renewable energy. However, a settlement announced earlier this week could open up as much as 100 megawatts of solar and wind in Mississippi.[read more]

Financing Utility-Scale Solar in the Years Ahead

May 8, 2014 by Herman Trabish

Hecate Energy does not wait for utility RFPs, according to Fazli Qadir, the firm's CTO and EVP of EPC. Instead, the company has gone to places in the U.S. where solar is not yet built out. With offtake rates in the low $50-per-megawatt range, “it’s harder work,” he said. “But the deals are there.”[read more]

Is the Solar Energy Industry Shifting from Big Solar to Rooftops?

February 18, 2014 by Rosana Francescato
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Solar Project Size

There has been quite a lot of talk this week about the recently opened Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating Station, which has officially begun generating electricity. The plant’s primary owners include BrightSource Energy, NRG Energy, and Google.[read more]

Ivanpah: World's Biggest Solar Energy Tower Project Goes Online

February 15, 2014 by Herman Trabish
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Largest Solar Tower Online

Yesterday was the celebration of full operation at the 392-megawatt Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, the world’s biggest concentrating solar power tower project. The application for the project was filed in 2007 and was “just a bold idea," said Google’s Rick Needham.[read more]

Bringing Utility-Scale Solar Power to the Grid

May 5, 2010 by Big Gav

REW has an article on some of the issues to resolve as distributed solar PV becomes widespread across the electricity grid - Bringing Utility-Scale Solar Power to the Grid. Over time the electrical grid will transform into a more distributed configuration, incorporating many new energy resources, including solar. Already, the solar...[read more]

First Solar to Add 30 MW Solar Plant in New Mexico

March 27, 2010 by Taylen Peterson

First Solar, Southern Co. and Turner Renewable Energy inked a deal last week that will add 30 megawatts of utility-scale solar power to the New Mexico electric grid. First Solar announced the project, which will consist of 500,000 cadmium telluride (CdTe) solar panels made by the thin-film industry’s leading manufacturer....[read more]