Abengoa takes its solar power tower technology outside Spain, starting work on a 50 megawatt project in South Africa, which is also getting a 100 MW parabolic trough plant.
Abengoa announces it’s been selected to build a 200-megawatt PV project in California’s Imperial Valley, but nobody seems to know by whom.
Concentrating solar power projects have been falling by the wayside, but Abengoa says it’s hard at work on the federally backed, 280-megawatt Mojave plant.
The Obama administration finalizes a $1.2 billion loan guarantee for Abengoa’s Mojave solar plant, which will use concentrating solar technology and parabolic troughs.
Once expected to be online in early 2011, the Solana power plant in Arizona gets a $1.45 billion federal loan guarantee, and construction will now proceed.
California, on its way to over 4,300 MW of solar power by year’s end, approves the second of nine solar plants scheduled for consideration.
An interesting project Xcel Energy is testing in Colorado marries solar power and coal at a power plant to try and cut down amount of greenhouse gas being emitted.
President Obama, in his weekly national address, announces the federal government will be providing loans nearing $2 billion to two firms to help in the development of solar power.