In addition to the Catalina Solar project, Bechtel is building two other solar facilities in California: the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating Facility, which will be the world's largest concentrating solar thermal (CSP) power facility when complete, and the California Valley Solar Ranch, one of the world's largest photovoltaic facilities which is currently under construction. (Source: Bechtel, 26 August, 2013) Contact: Bechtel, www.bechtel.com
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eSolar's Sierra SunTower, a 5 MW commercial-scale solar power plant in Lancaster, California, is the only power tower facility presently operating in North America. eSolar presently has three licensing agreements across three continents.
Ferrostaal's current concentrating solar thermal portfolio includes parabolic trough and Fresnel lens. (Source: eSolar, Solar Novus, Dec. 18, 2012) Contact: eSolar, John Van Scoter, CEO , (808) 303-9500, email@example.com, www.esolar.com; Ferrostaal AG, www.ferrostaal.com
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Recent studies by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory point to the high value of concentrating solar thermal power technologies with storage. This added value is a result of the resource's unique capabilities including:
To mitigate these integration costs, energy regulators, utilities, grid operators and policymakers are focusing their attention on advancing deployment of energy storage technologies. California recently passed Assembly Bill 2514, landmark legislation designed to encourage the adoption of energy storage technologies.
Under the original power purchase agreements with SCE, BrightSource would provide approximately four million megawatt-hours of electricity annually across seven power plants. Due to higher efficiencies and capacity factors associated with energy storage, the new set of agreements will provide approximately the same amount of energy annually but with one less plant., reducing the land impacts of delivering this energy
The new set of contracts, if approved by the California PUC, now consist of two BrightSource solar thermal plants scheduled to deliver electricity in 2015 and three BrightSource plants with energy storage scheduled to deliver electricity in 2016 and 2017. In addition, BrightSource and its partners -- NRG Energy, Google and Bechtel - are currently constructing a 126 megawatt plant for Southern California Edison at the Ivanpah solar project in southeast California. (Source: BrightSource, November, 28, 2011)Contact: BrightSource Energy, Charles Ricker, SVP, Business Development, (510) 550-8161 ext 108, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.brightsourceenergy.com
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