The solar power industry in the United States will still continue to get support from the government even after the debacle with Solyndra. Favorable government measures would still make solar power cost-competitive with other energy sources.
Facebook signed a deal with Cogenra Solar to install a cogeneration system in its head office located at Menlo Park, California. According to Cogenra, it would place photovoltaic solar panels on top of Facebook’s renovated fitness center.
The barren Mojave Desert would become home to large solar power plants once the construction is completed. The electricity generated from the desert would be enough to power millions of homes.
Developers in the United States installed 69 percent more solar power capacity in the second quarter of this year compared to the year before. Majority of the installations were made by commercial and government entities.
During the opening of the fourth annual clean energy conference, Senator Harry Reid unveiled the plan for the first ever hybrid geothermal and solar plant. This would combine two of the most popular renewable energy sources in Nevada in a single power plant.
The United States Interior Department approved four new renewable energy projects, which includes a solar power generation plant proposed by Abengoa SA and the Edison International transmission project.
A huge solar power plant is being built in a desert in southeastern California. BrightSource Energy is the developer of the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System that is capable of generating 392 megawatts of solar thermal power once it is completed.
Two of Vermont’s biggest power suppliers, Central Vermont Public Service and Gaz Metro Ltd., have signed a contract to buy up to 225 megawatts of power from Hydro-Quebec. The new 26-year deal begins November 2012 and goes through to 2038.
Longtime enemies coal and solar power have finally called a truce: the Xcel Energy power plant near Grand Junction, Colorado, has just implemented the first-of-its-kind solar-coal hybrid approach.
ESolar, a Pasadena-based company, lands a deal that will have it provide technology and assistance in putting up several solar farms in China.