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Tessera's Calico plant is expected to cost more than $2 billion and to power 200,000 to 500,000 homes, perhaps by late 2011.
Stirling Energy Systems, which once had giant utility contracts, heads to bankruptcy amid a price war and technology shift away from solar thermal and toward photovoltaics.
Electronics miniaturization firm will pay up to $39 million to broaden its sales options with software to automate camera tasks.
Developers of solar thermal power plants are scrapping plans to use steam technology in favor of ever-cheaper solar panels.
A new solar thermal system developed by Cool Energy will bring heat, hot water, and electricity to homes in Boulder, Colo., over the next few months.
The push to create an alternative to carbon-based fuel with massive solar plants has hit an unlikely snag: environmentalists.
The lease for the controversial $1 billion wind farm off the coast of Massachusetts officially ends a nine-year regulatory process for the project.
Two projects granted permission by the Interior Department to build solar plants on desert land in California could provide enough electricity to support over 500,000 homes.
Two key agencies this week advance permitting for large-scale solar projects in the California desert which, if built, would bring gigawatts worth of solar power online.
Stirling Energy Systems and Tessera Solar open a factory to build large reflective dishes that use the sun's heat to make electricity with little water.