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Dispatchable Solar Runs 24/7 For 14 Days In South Africa — CleanTechnica Exclusive ACWA Power has now demonstrated fully dispatchable solar for when the sun doesn't shine, at Bokpoort in South Africa. Image Credit: ACWA Power Running around the clock for two weeks, ACWA Power's 50 MW Bokpoort project is an example of Concentrated Solar Power (CSP), the solar that can be called on day or night, because when it has integrated thermal energy storage in molten salts, it is dispatchable solar.

California Utilities Could Pay Homeowners to Host Solar — As any solar insider will tell you, there are many more ideal rooftops for solar than there are able and willing homeowners to go solar underneath them. This vast solar potential of distributed energy resources (DERs) goes untapped. This situation could be about to change, by incentivizing California's investor-owned utilities (IOUs) to own DERs.

Surprisingly Low-Tech Fixes Raised Ivanpah's Performance — Clean Power In 2015, PG&E customers received about 97% of Ivanpah's contracted electrons, which is a massive improvement over its first year. But this raises a question: Source: SEC/EIA data Unit 1, Unit 3 What exactly were the engineering challenges at Ivanpah - and why did they take a year to solve?

Newly Released Data Indicates Ivanpah Gas is Under 5 Percent — CleanTechnica Exclusive The use of gas for generation at the world's largest direct steam solar tower has never exceeded 5 percent, according to newly released data from NRG and confirmed by EIA and the California Energy Commission (CEC).

Talking To Statoil: The Engineering Of The 30 MW Hywind Scotland — CleanTechnica Exclusive Statoil's long-awaited Hywind Scotland, the 30 MW floating wind farm at Buchan Deep, 25 km offshore Peterhead in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, is ready to go. With final consents in hand last year, finance was the last hurdle, along with the addition of a small 1 MWh battery.

ACWA Powers Up All-Night Solar At Bokpoort — Clean Power On time and on budget, Saudi Arabia's ACWA Power has just begun operation of its 50 MW Bokpoort CSP project in South Africa. Nandu Bhula, Solafrica Bokpoort CEO for ACWA Power said that not only was Bokpoort on time and on budget, but it has begun operation with no ramp-up period.

Crescent Dunes CSP: Cutting Edge Engineering For Solar At Night — CleanTechnica Exclusive Innovating at the lab bench scale is very different from actually building completely new energy technologies that must be pioneered from the ground up, at full scale, in the real world. Ten hours of solar thermal energy storage now supply Las Vegas with solar power from mid day to midnight.

How a Hotter Climate Destroys Thermal Electricity Generation — A new paper published at Nature Climate Change, Power-generation system vulnerability and adaptation to changes in climate and water resources provides a comprehensive look at how two categories of power generation will be impacted by climate change on a global level.

CPUC Gets It Right: PG&E Can Keep Its Ivanpah Contract — Clean Power A completely innovative technology that is one of the keys to slowing climate change was today allowed by the CPUC to fine-tune energy production. The decision results inno harm to ratepayers.

Eskom wants CSP storage to supply early-morning demand — South Africa's Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Program (REIPPPP) provides a peak rate tariff for CSP plants which is 270% of the base rate. The extra incentive was introduced for the last two bidding rounds of the REIPPPP but it is yet to be offered for power generated after 10 PM and before 5:00 AM.
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Apr 30, 2016

Decent reporting on CSP for a change: @NPR: Solar And Wind Energy May Be Nice, But How Can We Store It?

Apr 30, 2016

RT @lisalsong: Radioactivity in soil can last 1000s of yrs, "even if you take away the spill water." Bakken brine spills @Zhirji28….co/lxX4Zwk0IY

Apr 29, 2016

@TPM since virtually every Democratic Senator and Rep has endorsed Clinton, he has his work cut out for him ~ 250 more to go...

Apr 29, 2016

RT @EnergiewendeGER: When Americans think about rooftop #solar, they see lower bills. Germans see their community…

Apr 29, 2016

RT @AssaadRazzouk: "Most On Wall Street Still Think #COP21 Is A TV Miniseries" So We Signed #ParisAgreement. Now What? By @derektmead

Apr 29, 2016

RT @mattyglesias: The @ddayen proposal that we should essentially eliminate hedge funds is worth considering.…

Apr 28, 2016

@UtilityDive safest hedge - same price for 25 yrs is solar or wind PPA!

Apr 28, 2016

RT @EricBoehlert: By contrast, during 90s, ABC went BONKERS over Clinton sex stories and ran w/ lots of anonymous source stories. #libmedia

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