Only 1 Solar Thermal Plant built out of 5 Plants India had allotted 50% of the power target to be generated during Phase 1 of the JNNSM to thermal power energy. That was a stupid policy move as I had pointed out at that point of time. Not to beat my own drum but the [...]

Desertec Project to close down I have always been a big critic of the Desertec project which envisaged building huge solar thermal plants in North Africa and transporting that power to Europe. The main reason for my negativity was the massive advancements that solar PV technology has made in comparison to the solar thermal technology [...]

India has awarded 500 MW of solar thermal plants during JNNSM Phase 1, as it gave both solar PV and solar thermal technology an equal boost. However solar thermal technology is losing out to solar PV even during 2011; and we had pointed it out that giving solar thermal technology too much money did not [...]

Every single solar thermal plant awarded under India’s federal subsidy program (JNNSM Phase 1) is delayed according to MNRE. Note I have been critical about solar thermal technology for a long time now because of the manifold problems that the technology faces. The sharp erosion in solar panel prices has made solar PV technology move [...]

We have repeatedly highlighted the drawbacks of solar thermal energy vis a vis crystalline solar panel technology. Solar Thermal Plants are getting replaced or mothballed altogether because of the high costs and long build times. India had awarded nearly 500 MW to 5 solar energy developers under JNNSM Phase 1 which were supposed to get [...]

I had profiled Brightsource energy as one of the their best solar startups in USA earlier, however things have changed dramatically in the interim with solar panel prices crashing to absurdly low levels. This has put question marks on the survival of each of these three with two of them eSolar and Brightsource being solar [...]