Archive for January 2012

Solar thermal power plants switching technology to take advantage of falling PV prices – San Jose Mercury News

Jan 20th, 2012 | By John Waller | Category: Solar PV

Three years ago, renewable energy developers laid plans to populate the American Southwest with massive solar thermal power plants, which concentrate the sun’s rays to boil water and create steam to turn turbines that generate electricity. But as the projects went through lengthy permitting and environmental reviews, the price of photovoltaic solar panels plummeted because of a global oversupply driven by a glut of low-cost panels from China.

GE Sells Solar to Wind Farms

Jan 20th, 2012 | By John Waller | Category: Top Story

As renewable energy deals ago, General Electric’s announcement this week that it would supply 23 megawatts of solar panels for an Illinois photovoltaic farm was rather small change.

But it’s the type of thin-film solar panels and where the photovoltaic power plant will be built that foreshadows a potentially sizable business opportunity as well as a way to maximize renewable energy production.

Project to use volcano to make power

Jan 14th, 2012 | By John Waller | Category: Energy and Environment, Top Story

Geothermal energy developers plan to pump 24 million gallons of water into the side of a dormant volcano in Central Oregon this summer to demonstrate new technology they hope will give a boost to a green energy sector that has yet to live up to its promise.