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The Benefits Of Solar Heating

Many people are out to not only save money but save the planet as well. One of the ways that a person can accomplish both saving money and helping to save the Earth is through solar heating. In this article, you will learn what solar heating is and how it will help you to save […]

October 15th

SolarReserve Wins El Salvador’s 1st Utility-Scale Solar Contract

SolarReserve is bringing 20 MW of utility-scale solar power to El Salvador’s Acajutla plant, while advancing its share of the Latin American solar market. The Santa Monica, California–based company won El Salvador’s first ever utility-scale solar tender. The country’s energy and telecommunications regulator oversaw the bidding process. SolarReserve sees Latin America as a good growth market, […]

August 2nd

The Northern Cape Of South Africa To Develop Three New Solar Projects

South Africa is continuing to move up in the global renewable energy movement. With three new solar projects having a combined capacity of 225 MW, South Africa appears they may rise to near the top of the global marketplace for utility-scale solar energy projects this year. Plans to build these three projects in South Africa’s Northern Cape, on […]

July 22nd

Chile 110 MW CSP Plant Moves Forward

The Cerro Dominador solar-thermal mega-project being developed in the Atacama Desert in Chile just took a big step forward after obtaining a favorable environmental rating from Chilean Environmental Service authorities. The Cerro Dominador project will be the first solar-thermal power plant for direct electricity production in the whole of South America — as well as, […]

May 13th

ARPA-E Supports 12 Unique Solar Projects With $30 Million

US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz this week announced $30 million of support for 12 more unique, hybrid solar projects through the ARPA-E program. Actually, it’s through a program within that program — the Full-Spectrum Optimized Conversion and Utilization of Sunlight (FOCUS) program, “which is aimed at developing new hybrid solar energy converters and hybrid energy storage systems that […]

February 7th

CSP Types, Research, & Trends (Exclusive Interview)

On my recent (second) trip to Shams 1, the world’s largest single-unit concentrated solar power (CSP) plant, I took the opportunity to ask CSP experts Abdulaziz Al Obaidli and Yousif Al Ali some questions regarding CSP research and trends. I also had Abdulaziz Al Obaidli provide a short overview of the different types of CSP on the market […]

January 24th

Kuwait’s 1st Solar Power Plant To Be HUGE

Kuwait will soon be home to a rather large, 280 MW solar thermal power plant — located in Al-Abdaliya, just southwest of the farming region of Kabad. The solar power plant will be Kuwait’s first. Current projections are that the project will end up costing somewhere around KD 926.25 million, or $3.27 billion — therefore […]

September 25th

Intermittency Of Solar Is Not An Issue!

Editor’s Note: One of CleanTechnica’s awesome readers has provided us with this exclusive guest post on the “intermittency” of various power sources — renewable and non-renewables. The article “knocks it out of the park,” so to speak.…

August 22nd

BrightSource Energy Expands Into China

BrightSource Energy, a leading developer of concentrated solar power (CSP) projects that is based in the US, is now expanding into the fast-growing cleantech market of China. It has signed its first Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) with Chinese bodies — the China Power Investment Corporation (CPI) and the China Renewable Energy Engineering Institute (CREEI). CSP does […]

August 3rd

Solar Energy & Solar Power Facts

Need some solar energy facts or solar power facts? This page is aimed at becoming the best go-to source on the web for solar facts… if it isn’t already. The solar facts below are succinct and organized by categories and subcategories. To help improve the page, please feel free to add any solar facts you […]

June 29th