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Solar Dispatch

As a leading concentrating solar power technology company, we want to share our discoveries, perspective and comments on a regular basis. Here on our Solar Dispatch blog, subject-matter experts will periodically weigh in on a variety of topics, including power markets, enhanced oil recovery and industrial applications, policy, storage, environmental issues and project updates.    


  1. Setting the Record Straight: Solar Flux and Impact to Avian Species

    by Joe Desmond

    A lot has been written about the impact solar thermal power tower technology – like that used at the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System – has on birds. Like any infrastructure project, there are environmental impacts. These are legitimate concerns that must be addressed. But it needs to be put in context. That is where many have by and large missed the point.

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  2. Understanding Solar Flux: Science vs. Science Fiction

    by Joe Desmond

    An August 18 Associated Press article discussing avian mortality at solar power facilities noted that at Ivanpah, “estimates per year now range from a low of about a thousand by BrightSource to 28,000 by an expert for the Center for Biological Diversity environmental group.” How can there be such wildly divergent estimates for one facility?

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  3. The Future of CSP Is Bright

    by David Ramm and John Woolard

    Since its founding in 2006, BrightSource has significantly evolved – from a small start-up with a great idea that became the foundation for the world’s largest solar thermal power project – to a company focused on global deployment of its solar field technology and support services. 

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  4. Solar Projects Benefit Counties

    by Keely Wachs

    As other reporters and bloggers have pointed out, Sunday’s Los Angeles Times ran a one-sided and misinformed article questioning the economic benefits of utility-scale solar projects on desert counties. 

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  5. Storage and Sensibility

    by Alyssa Cauble

    On October 25, the California Public Utilities Commission unanimously voted to approve two BrightSource power contracts with Southern California Edison.

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  6. The Supply Side of Clean Energy Generation

    by Alyssa Cauble

    There is a lot of talk a lot about the jobs and the direct economic benefits that are created during the construction and operation of utility-scale solar thermal plants. At BrightSource, we’re proud to be delivering clean, reliable electricity for California, and new clean energy and manufacturing jobs for the country.  

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  7. Getting to AOTA: an “All of the Above” Energy Policy

    by Keely Wachs

    During last night’s presidential debates, both candidates emphasized the need for an “All of the Above” (AOTA) energy plan.  That both candidates expressed the need for an AOTA energy strategy reflects the growing recognition among policymakers on both sides of the aisle and our nation’s business leaders the critical role that energy has always and must continue to play in a prosperous and secure America.

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  8. Two Degrees Make a Difference, Will You?

    by Alyssa Cauble

    September 27, 2012 - The scientific and environmental community largely agree that climate change is the most pressing environmental issue facing the planet.  Some companies, like BrightSource, are hard at work designing and deploying technologies that reduce the world’s dependence on fossil fuels and avoid the greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to a changing climate. 

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  9. Sorry, critics. Solar is not a rip-off

    by Joe Desmond

    On September 21, the LA Times ran a story about large-scale solar projects titled, “Taxpayers, ratepayers will fund California solar plants,” with the subhead: A new breed of prospectors -- banks, insurers, utility companies -- are receiving billions in subsidies while taxpayer and ratepayers are paying most of the costs. Critics say it's a rip-off

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  10. Energy Fact Check: Get the Facts!

    by Alyssa Cauble

    August 31, 2012 -The American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) has created a neat new online resource to debunk common clean energy myths and misinformation. EnergyFactCheck.org is designed to inform and correct facts on the thriving and growing clean energy industry.  

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  11. Palen Purchase Moves Forward

    by Kristin Hunter

    June 27, 2012 - A Delaware court approved BrightSource’s request to purchase the 500-megawatt Palen Solar Power Project, a major step forward in fully acquiring the site.

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  12. Ivanpah Featured in NY Times Magazine

    by Kristin Hunter

    June 18, 2012 - The Ivanpah project has been featured in the New York Times Magazine! Twelve incredible black and white images by photographer Jamey Stillings are compiled to create a breathtaking photo essay of the project’s construction progress.  

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  13. Ivanpah and the DOE Loan Guarantee Program

    by Joe Desmond

    June 5, 2012 - A recent story in the Wall Street Journal discusses BrightSource Energy’s push to finalize a loan guarantee for the Ivanpah project. To be perfectly clear, we did urge the government to make a decision on our loan guarantee application.  

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