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PV vs. Solar Thermal

Distributed solar modules are gaining ground on concentrated solar thermal plants.

Fortnightly Magazine - July 2008

4. Southern California Edison’s Advice Letter 2198-E requesting CPUC approval for RPS-compliant PPA with FSE Blythe 1, LLC and CPUC Resolution E-4118 adopting 2007 Market Price Referent (MPR).

5. Zweibel, Ken, et al. , “A Solar Grand Plan,” Scientific American 298, No. 1, 2008.

6. NM Central Station Solar Power: Feasibility Study , Presented to the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission, March 20, 2008.

7. Multi-client EPRI CSP Feasibility Study , Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), Summary presented to the New Mexico Public Regulatory Commission, March 20, 2008 (“EPRI Report”)

8. Avery, Christopher, et al., Good Intentions, Unintended Consequences: Arizona Legal Studies Discussion Paper No. 07-08 , Central Arizona Groundwater Replenishment District, February 2007. Available at:

9. Powers Engineering response to Renewable Energy Transmission Initiative Phase 1A Report , April 2008.

10. Phase 1A Draft Report , Renewable Energy Transmission Initiative, March 2008. Available at: RETI-1000-2008-002/RETI-1000-2008-002- D-REDLINE.PDF .

11. EPRI Report: The study did not determine the additional cost reduction when accelerated depreciation is included.

12. First Solar Annual Report 2006, Available at:

13. The ability of a solar energy project to sell power at a given price ultimately depends on the quality of the solar resource and ambient temperature at a given location. The same price might not be feasible at other locations. The 2007 Market Price Referent values adopted by the California Public Utilities Commission can be found at:

14. Final Report on the O&M Improvement Programs for CSP Plants , SAND9-1290, June 1999.

15. Hansen, Thomas N, “The Promise of Utility Scale Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Distributed Generation, Tucson Electric Power,” Presented at POWER-GEN International 2003, December 10, 2003, p. 12; H. Price and D. Kearney, “Reducing the Cost of Energy from Parabolic Trough Solar Power Plants,” Presented at the ISES 2003-International Solar Energy Conference, Hawaii, March 16–18, 2003, p.4 ; National Solar Technology Roadmap: CdTe PV , NREL /MP-520-41736 (4); and Patnode, Angela M., Simulation and performance evaluation of parabolic trough solar power plants , MSc Thesis, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2006, pp.171-176.

16. Levelized Cost of Energy Analysis , Lazard, January 4, 2008.