Concentrated Solar Power Plants May Finally Clear Red Tape
Bureau of Land Management has taken action to fast-track 10 concentrated solar power plants so they can begin construction by end of 2010
Of the 30 proposed concentrated solar power plants in the U.S. that have signed power purchase agreements, only one so far, NextEra's Martin Next Generation Project, is actually under construction. The bureaucratic red tape involved in attaining permits and meeting the necessary regulations to build concentrated solar power plants on public land has stalled many of the other proposed projects. A few, however, are finally clearing these hurdles, and may begin construction soon.
The Bureau of Land Management has finally taken action to clear some of this red tape, fast-tracking 10 concentrated solar power plants so that they will get the green light to begin building by this December. Projects begun by the end of the year will receive a 30% Treasury grant under the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, so this fast-tracking is especially vital for these projects. Three concentrated solar power projects have almost cleared the red tape. Brightsource's Ivanpah Project, the Abengoa Mojave Solar Project, and Solar Trust of America's CA Solar 10 project are expected to receive full clearance and begin construction by the end of the year. These projects represent a combined 1.6 gigawatts of new solar plants, which would triple the country's concentrated solar power capacity.