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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. 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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  5. 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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