World’s Largest Solar Thermal Power Plant Approved for Australia

The South Australian state government has approved the construction of a 150-megawatt solar thermal power plant. The AU $650 million (US $510 million) structure will be built in Port Augusta and is slated for completion by 2020. It will be the largest such facility in the world once built. California-based …

South Africa’s Renewable Energy Future At Crossroads Again

South Africa’s power utility Eskom has once again refused to sign power purchase agreements with renewable energy project developers, and this time it seems to have the complete backing of the government. Recently, an inter-governmental team informed the South African Parliament that Eskom is facing some challenges which are preventing …

World’s Largest Thermal Solar Plant Could Be Coming To Nevada

While thermal solar power plants have had a bit of trouble catching on in the US, solar energy company SolarReserve is hoping to change that. The company recently announced it’s hoping to build a 2,000 megawatt facility in Nevada called Sandstone. With a planned 10 towers and more than 100,000 …

How sun, salt and glass could help solve our energy needs

High in the stark Nevada desert, a couple of hundred miles north-west of Las Vegas, is the shimmering circular mirage of Crescent Dunes. Ten thousand silvery glass panels, each measuring 115 square metres, surround a tall central tower, which stands like a twinkling needle in the featureless landscape around it. …

World’s First 24/7 Solar Power Plant Powers 75,000 Homes

SolarReserve’s Crescent Dunes Project in Tonopah, Nevada is quietly providing clean, green solar energy to 75,000 homes in the Silver State even when the sun isn’t shining. Crescent Dunes is the first utility-scale facility in the world to use molten salt for power energy storage capabilities, a technology also known …