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Solar Thermal Farms: Popularity Fading?

392 megawatts, 173,000 heliostats, 347,000 mirrors, $2.2 billion investment and a $1.6 billion federal loan. These are the tremendous numbers surrounding the development and construction of the Ivanpah solar thermal power facility in the Mojave Desert, 40 miles south of Las Vegas. Such a plant, who can energizes up to 140,000 houses, is a massive solar energy […] Read more


Hospitals and LEED Certification

Hospitals in the U.S are known to be among the largest consumers of energy. They are open 24 hours, have hundreds of people living and circulating in the buildings everyday and in addition to the usual systems that AC, Heating or Ventilation, they require high energy consumption machinery such as Refrigeration, Sterilization or Medical devices […] Read more


Shams 1 Power Plant Ready for Primetime

The launch of the Shams 1 power plant is big news in clean energy, and a major hallmark on the Middle East’s path towards energy diversification. Electricity from the power plant is competitively sold at market price to the grid, and is projected to reduce CO2 emissions 175,000 tons/year – the equivalent to planting 1.5 […] Read more


POWER Magazine Lists Top Renewable Energy Facilities

POWER magazine—the definitive information source for the power generation market—compiles an annual list of noteworthy renewable power plants worldwide, that are profiled in the December issue. The winning power plants are presented with awards the following May at the ELECTRIC POWER Conference & Exhibition. This year’s award-winning renewable Top Plants, as shared in a press release, […] Read more


In Focus: The Battle Between Solar Energy and Trees

  Solar energy and planting trees are both important for the betterment of the environment and another fact regarding the two is that they are often in conflict with one another as one has to be stopped for the other to flourish. If you plant more and more trees then the light of sun gets […] Read more


Mecca: Leading Saudia Arabia Solar Effort

The holy city of Mecca could be the first in Saudia Arabia to host a utility-scale solar power plant, as the sun-rich desert kingdom seeks to diversify its energy mix, reports Bloomberg. In early January 2013, the city will select from at least 20 bidders that want to build local power plants in Mecca to […] Read more


Solar Power Towers: Killing Birds?

A non-profit public media organization is reporting that there are calls for a moratorium on solar power towers. According to KCET, an official with the Palm Springs office of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has suggested that the California Energy Commission (CEC) and other agencies involved in approving desert renewable energy facilities allow […] Read more


World’s First Hybrid Solar-Geothermal Plant Comes to Nevada

Both solar and geothermal forms of energy complement each other as both these sources of clean energy are available in abundance. When solar energy cannot be tapped effectively, like on a cloudy day geothermal energy can act as a great partner. Geothermal power is a flexible source of energy which can support the intermittent needs […] Read more


$571M Solar Power Plant Coming to Spain

This project will prove to be a solar boom for Extremadura as apart from the large size, what is most extraordinary about this project is that it will not accept any subsidies from the government for implementing this particular project. It is being planned by SAG Solarstrom, a German company that makes solar plants for […] Read more


Why Coal Must Go

One of my favorite authors is Eric Blair, better known as George Orwell. One of my favorite books of his is The Road To Wigan Pier. One of my favorite passages from that book concerns how England got coal from the ground. So when Brad DeLong published this passage today, I just thought I’d grab […] Read more


Obama Administration Announces New Power Plant Rules

The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has unveiled long-awaited rules for the nation’s 1,400 coal- and oil-fired power plants that will require much tougher pollution control equipment to reduce emissions of mercury, acid gases, and particulate matter. At a press conference in Washington, D.C., EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson announced the new rules, […] Read more