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A smarter mirror for cheaper solar power

Using digital technologies, startup Thermata looks to slash the cost of concentrating solar power plants which is needed to stave off the onslaught from cheaper solar photovoltaic panels.

By April 10, 2012


Solar tower will power Las Vegas at night

SolarReserve hits a milestone on a 110-megawatt solar power plant that will have between 10 and 15 hours of energy storage in tanks of molten salt for supplying Nevada.

By February 9, 2012


BrightSource plans third giant solar-power plant

Solar-tower maker BrightSource plans its largest project yet, a 750-megawatt power plant in the California desert able to supply enough power for 300,000 homes.

By October 14, 2011


BrightSource Energy eyes second large solar plant

Solar power plant seeks proposal to pack in more power per square foot with an updated design meant to address concerns over the environmental impact of utility-scale renewable energy systems.

By August 8, 2011


BrightSource adds salt for solar power at night

Molten salt storage system will allow its solar power plants to deliver power reliably and into the evening, making solar more valuable to the grid.

By August 3, 2011


Job ads show Google wading deeper in clean energy

Google is bulking up its internal renewable-energy engineering team to advance R&D and make clean energy cheaper.

By June 10, 2011


GE invests in eSolar for combined solar, gas plants

General Electric will use eSolar's solar tower technology in combined solar and natural-gas power plants.

By June 6, 2011


Solar upstart BrightSource Energy files to go public

The utility-scale solar thermal company seek to raise $250 million from IPO, testing the investors' appetite for its technology and risks in developing projects.

By April 25, 2011


Google invests in giant BrightSource solar project

Large-scale Ivanpah solar project gets $168 million from Google and finalizes $1.6 billion Department of Energy loan guarantee for three utility-scale concentrating solar plants in California.

By April 11, 2011


Greek isle taps BrightSource for solar

The island of Crete is building a 38-megwatt plant using BrightSource thermal solar technology.

By January 20, 2011