How California’s Winter Months Are Making CSP Look Bad

Winter clouds may help the Mojave Desert bloom but they can be a burden for concentrated solar power (CSP), Energy Information Administration figures show.

According to the EIA’s Electric Power Monthly report, U.S. CSP or solar thermal plants had a capacity factor of less than 22 percent in 2017, the lowest of any renewable energy technology in the country.

The figure is 5 percent below solar PV and also much less than typical CSP capacity factors found in other published sources.

In theory, CSP under sunny conditions should be able to beat PV’s capacity factors because it is not as directly …read more

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