Solana Stores Solar Energy for Night; Mass. Town Generates Solar

Solana Stores Solar Energy for Night; Mass. Town Generates Solar

Abengoa says the Solana Generating Station (pictured), located near Gila Bend, Ariz., has passed final production tests and entered commercial operation. At 280 MW (gross), the parabolic trough plant is the first solar plant in the United States with thermal energy storage allowing for electricity … Read more…

Solar Roundup: Solar Towers in California, MOM’s Market, Freeze, Cummings Properties

Solar Roundup: Solar Towers in California, MOM’s Market, Freeze, Cummings Properties

Spain-headquartered Abengoa and solar thermal company BrightSource Energy will jointly develop, build and operate two solar power towers in Riverside County, Calif. Abengoa will build the 500 MW Palen Solar Electric Generating System as the engineering, procurement and construction contractor, and will lead the operation … Read more…

More than 6.4 GW Solar Electric Capacity Installed in US

More than 6.4 GW Solar Electric Capacity Installed in US

The US solar photovoltaics market installed 684 MW in the third quarter of 2012, representing 44 percent growth over the same period last year, according to a report by GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).

US Solar Market Insight: Third Quarter 2012 says this quarter marked the third largest on record for the US PV industry and raised the total installed capacity through the first three quarters of the year to 1,992 MW — already surpassing 2011’s annual total of 1,885 MW.

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