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March 27, 2015

Electricity from Solar Thermal Power Will Double by 2014

Climate Central reports on the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s announcement that “U.S. solar thermal energy generating capacity is set to more than double by the end of 2013, with several large solar power plants scheduled to begin operating soon in Arizona and California.”

“Solar energy, produced from both photovoltaic and solar thermal, particularly on public lands in the West, is part of the Obama administration’s Climate Action Plan, which calls for more solar power plants to be permitted on public lands as a way to generate clean energy, combatting climate change. The plan, which was released in June, touts 25 utility-scale solar plants that the administration has permitted on public lands since 2009.”

The EIA report states that “all five of the major solar thermal projects—including Solana and Ivanpah—that are scheduled to come on line in 2013 and 2014 were awarded loans through the U.S. Department of Energy’s Loan Guarantee Program.”

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