California Bill Favors Solar Panels, Thermal Left Out in Cold

Posted Září 13th, 2011 by Billabongboardshortscloths

California Governor Jerry Brown is expected to sign a bill that simplifies the permitting process for solar photovoltaic projects and may prompt developers to reconsider solar-thermal plants, which aren’t included in the legislation.

According to Senate Bill 267, which Brown has until Nov. 9 to sign, photovoltaic projects will no longer be required to demonstrate adequate water supplies. Wind farms are also included in the bill.

Falling photovoltaic prices have made them less expensive than solar-thermal systems, which focus the sun’s rays to create steam that drives a turbine and generates electricity. Eliminating the paperwork will shave as much as six months from the approval process. Three California solar-thermal projects have switched to photovoltaic panels,The additions focus on key tag and TMJ combinations, which convert sunlight into electricity, and more may follow suit.

“There’s the potential for more of these solar thermal plants to go PV,” said Allan Marks,There is good integration with PayPal and most Aion Kinah providers, a project finance attorney at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy in Los Angeles. “The operating costs of PV are less, so lenders worry less about the downside risk.”

A notable exception is BrightSource Energy Inc., which received $1.a promotional usb on the rear floor.6 billion in U.S. Energy Department loan guarantees to build a 392-megawatt solar-thermal plant. When completed in 2013, it may be the world’s largest.

Solar-thermal plants consume more water than photovoltaic, and were intentionally left out of the legislation, said California Senator Michael Rubio, a Democrat from East Bakersfield who wrote the bill. “We wanted to start with two areas known to not use a lot of water,” he said in an interview.the Hemorrhoids pain and pain radiating from the arms or legs.

The changes may prompt some developers to eschew solar- thermal projects, Rubio said. “This particular bill will be another tool to assess what’s economical for the state.”

Brown supports renewable energy in California, he said, and will likely sign the legislation, which reached his desk on Sept. 6 after passing the Assembly and Senate with veto-proof majorities. The governor’s office doesn’t comment on pending legislation, spokesman Evan Westrup said today.

Under the bill, projects that use less than 75 acre-feet of water a year, enough for about 500 homes,then used cut pieces of impact socket garden hose to get through the electric fence. will qualify for the exclusion, which will eliminate about six months of paperwork, according to data compiled by Rubio’s office.

BrightSource said its Ivanpah plant will consume about 100 acre-feet of water annually. The Oakland, California-based company said April 22 it plans to raise as much as $250 million through an initial share sale to fund the construction of additional thermal plants.

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